Hundreds of religious protestors flocked to city hall Wednesday to protest the proposed changes to the city’s nondiscrimination policy.
The changes would add gender identity and sexual orientation to the list of protected classes under the policy.
“God let the laws of the land be the laws of the Lord,” yelled one protestor as he addressed the crowd.
The most recent draft of the ordinance no longer includes language prohibiting a person from being appointed to a city position if he or she was involved in a prior discriminatory act.
Protestors said with so many changes being made, they no longer trust what the city council is saying about the new policy.
“They’re lying,” said Tea Party activist George Rodriguez. “What we've got here is an attempt to social engineer. What we've got here is an attempt by the local government to try to tell us how to live our lives personally, so we're drawing the line."
As hundreds of protestors gathered in prayer U.S. Navy veteran Rhett Smith stood alone holding a sign asking for equality for all people.
“Whatever your sexual orientation or identity, that is your First Amendment right,” Smith said. “I’m an American Legion veteran. I served in the United States Navy and that's what I thought I was fighting for.”