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Gay combat vet who lost leg in Iraq booed by anti-gay protesters in San Antonio

'I have never seen a city so divided and hateful towards each other'
Thursday, August 15, 2013

SAN ANTONIO — A highly decorated openly gay Iraq war combat veteran was booed by a crowd of anti-gay protesters during his speech to the San Antonio City Council meeting Wednesday evening.

Eric Alva

Former Marine Staff Sergeant Eric Alva — a San Antonio native who was the first American service member seriously injured in the Iraq War when he stepped on a land mine in March 2003 and lost his right leg — was speaking in favor of a proposed addition to the city’s non-discrimination law that would add protections for sexual orientation, gender identity and veteran status.

But as Alva began to deliver his remarks, many in the crowd of approximately 200 people attending the council meeting began to boo.

“To all you people that preach the word of God, shame on you because God loves me, like the day I laid bleeding on the sands of Iraq and that’s why he saved me,” Alva told the crowd as left the podium, still visibly shaken from the crowd’s reaction.

Later on Facebook, Alva wrote:

“Well I just left city council chambers and I feel like crying. I have never seen a city so divided and hateful towards each other. All of man kind should be ashamed. I already spoke and even some of the religious groups even boo’ed me as I spoke. Such disrespect as they preach the word of God.”

Prior to the council session, local anti-gay rights advocate Pastor Charles Flowers of the Faith Outreach Center led a prayer vigil and demonstration outside City Hall where he told the crowd, “Let them vote ‘no’ to this ordinance, and ‘yes’ to the reign of the kingdom of God.”

The San Antonio city clerk’s office said the council is expected to vote on the ordinanace on September 5.

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  1. I don´t like it because he was booed.

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:10pm
  2. =(, stupid protesters…

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:10pm
  3. He served his country…they s/b ashamed of themselves!

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:10pm
  4. Sick ass idiots.

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:10pm
  5. And texas calls itself patriots

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:11pm
  6. and we worry about Russia.

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:11pm
  7. Anyone who uses christianity to be anti gay has no clue about their own religion. If you can´t treat others as you would be treated, you don´t deserve Gods mercy.

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:12pm
  8. This man lost his leg for his country. He could have lost his life, and they boo him. This is disgusting. Especially from people who talk about love and peace and “god”.

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:13pm
  9. The anti-gay hatred expressed by those who feel in such a way has become more malevolent every year, as manners and respect for one another decrease in general. The anti-gay hatred is at a level of total unreasonableness; these types will never change.

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:13pm
  10. What do you expect from Texas

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:14pm
  11. it´s sad when people boo someone who had the balls to fight for those to have the right to stand there n´ be able to boo or applaud him! There is a special place in hell for negative people like that! None of them have the balls to fight for freedom! They only have the energy n´ nerve to spew forth negativity n´ hatred!

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:15pm
  12. When will the hate stop

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:16pm
  13. Gay or straight he served our country and should not have been booed. I bet the ones that booed him never even served our country, what jerks they are!

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:17pm
  14. They should bow down to him for fighting for our country. Those ungrateful good for nothing insects!

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:19pm
  15. Dislike

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:20pm
  16. THAT WAS WRONG….he faught for their rights….it should NOT matter if he´s gay or not.

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:21pm
  17. Very classy – NOT!

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:22pm
  18. WTF, People want you to defend them and then they boo at you… There´s a special place in the afterlife for those souls…

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:24pm
  19. this is disgusting,,,,,San Antonio major military and bad energy when drove down there ,,,,,,,,my sister felt it too,,,,I got you back buddy

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:24pm
  20. The American Taliban booing the troops again.

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:24pm
  21. shameful

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:25pm
  22. shameful bigots

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:25pm
  23. Ungrateful people

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:26pm
  24. They are shameful

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:26pm
  25. And I bet that Preacher never served one day in the military.

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:27pm
  26. How unfortunate, disrespect for a hero who defended their right to free speech

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:27pm
  27. Stupid. Did he boo them back?

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:28pm
  28. well, fuck texas

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:28pm
  29. I wish people would act their age and just love and respect one another.

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:31pm
  30. These people who preach hate in the name of God are disgusting! Really I have no fear standing before my God and explaining my mortal life…..I´d love to stand behind one of this bigoted asshats and their explanation of using his name to preach hate, lies and bigotry!!!

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:32pm
  31. This guy fought for our country and was disabled and this is how he is treated? These people should be ashamed to even call themselves Christians!!

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:33pm
  32. Wrong!

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:34pm
  33. Disgusted by the appalling lack of courtesy and respect toward a soldier who sacrificed for his country. And why aren´t these churches being taxed? They´re clearly enmeshed in politics if they want to usher in the “reign of the kingdom of God” by depriving others of rights and protections under the law.

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:38pm
  34. Heriberto…I LOVE the way you used the word ´insects´ to describe that mob..though I would have gone a step further and call them….microbes….Disgusting way to treat a man who put his life on the line,what´s THEIR excuse?.

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:42pm
  35. To this Soldier: DO NOT let a group of small minded maggots,take away your pride or your spirit OR your life.MANY support you and are very thankful for your sacrifice,let the rest rott in hell and under your boot.Push on!

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:46pm
  36. I say BOOO BOOO anti-gay, period.

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:50pm
  37. anyone who can boo a military vet is a vile piece of shit and should exit the gene pool immediately. end of discussion.

    Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 11:52pm
  38. This is heart wrenching to read, and sad.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 12:02am
  39. Hater asshats :-(

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 12:04am
  40. what a bunch of pathetic ungrateful hateful mean-spirited ??christians?? they are! Young Soldier, we are so proud of you. you are the best of America whereas that crowd was the very WORST of America. You, dear heart, will always be in my prayers.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 12:11am
  41. Why?

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 12:12am
  42. Another pile of it article……these so called Christians….shame on them…..he protects their right to boo him…..

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 12:30am
  43. Shame.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 12:35am
  44. That is just disgraceful… There really is no hope for the human race…

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 12:48am
  45. Rude

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 12:53am
  46. These so called people Have no Heart…and they call them self´s Americans!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 1:00am
  47. Bastards. Hateful, ugly, lowdown, and mean.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 1:01am
  48. How sad! Clearly the anti-gay folks/haters need the prayers! Hate is never a family value!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 1:05am
  49. Despicable! Evil! Heartless!!!!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 1:33am
  50. See that´s proof that it all comes down to hate!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 2:13am
  51. Thank you Eric for trying to make a difference, with people like you the world is changing. We appreciate your attempts to remind people of our humanity. X

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 2:24am
  52. Those bullies deserve to be subject to their own redicule.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 2:27am
  53. Yup so patriotic, stay classy TX.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 2:33am
  54. I´d stand with him anytime, anywhere!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 2:42am
  55. Ass holes

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 2:43am
  56. Hope those idiots arent the one´s protecting our borders.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 3:04am
  57. disgusting

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 3:06am
  58. It could be considered a compliment of sorts, when bigoted idiots do not like you. Better, at least, than being one of them.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 3:18am
  59. Awe I do hate when people that do get in any other way to be mistreated like this i got no where else to go dude i will be your pillar you got my prayers

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:12am
  60. fucking horrible people. shall we send THEM to war?

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:22am
  61. What a bunch of ass holes, who has any right to judge this man.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 5:01am
  62. mankind can be so hateful, spiteful…starting with children on the playground, school, high-school… – which is learned behaviour. if it can be learned, it can also un-learned. whole societies need to be re-programmed. love can be taught. let´s teach love. you don´t need to be a teacher, just a simple person. :)

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 6:08am
  63. wow how low can some people be..

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 8:13am
  64. maggots,fucking maggots…..and i´ll bet not one of those booing served their nation like this hero did……

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 8:44am
  65. Shame, shame, shame Texas, ypou all look like a bunch of rednecks…oh wait…you are!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 10:53am
  66. pardon my spelling

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 10:53am
  67. Sad. Safe travels friend.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 12:18pm
  68. This makes me sick. He is giving his all for his country, and this is the way he is repaid. it sucks. But then it is Texas.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 1:10pm
  69. Desmond Graham good

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 1:17pm
  70. Just shameful.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 1:58pm
  71. This shit is shameful. Such hatred. It makes me so angry I don´t know how to cope with it.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 2:38pm
  72. As a gay Marine, I would´ve probably beat the crap out of said hecklers.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:04pm
  73. shame on them! may they rot in hell!!!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:04pm
  74. Rude to boo him!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:06pm
  75. Stupidity is all it is, he fought for the right for them to be completely ignorant! I would take off my leg and start beating people. But this man is a true soldier and just ignoring it.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:06pm
  76. Way to go assholes. He does something not everyone wants to do or is qualified to do and he gets bood cuz hes gay? Thats disgusting

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:07pm
  77. Wow! Bet that made him feel great about fighting for his country

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:07pm
  78. Cowards, all of them. !!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:08pm
  79. Uh

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:09pm
  80. He´s a hero in my eyes.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:09pm
  81. Sad Bigots!!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:09pm
  82. They should be ashamed of themselves. I hope every single one of them has gone home only to be told by a loved one, “I´m gay.” Husband, wife, son, daughter, mother, father. I bet it´s harder to heckle your own kin.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:09pm
  83. I would´ve stood up and cheered for him. What does being gay have to do with him serving our country?!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:09pm
  84. That is ridiculous. Being gay is just another part of who u r. Being a soldier, that was a choice. And for all of the men and women who serve as marines, army, air force, navy, coast guard, paramedics, doctors, nurses, police and firefighters, that is the choice they make for their lives. And I thank everyone of them from the bottom of my heart for having the courage to serve and be a hero.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:09pm
  85. Send the heckler off to lose his leg! See how well he does serving his country and whether is matters if you love a man or woman, or anyone in between.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:10pm
  86. Disgrace to them, this man deserves for what he has done to America

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:10pm
  87. That´s just sad, he served his country doing god knows what, and this is the thanks he gets? Fucking Americans…

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:10pm
  88. Shame on them. The rest of us appreciate you.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:11pm
  89. Love thy neighbor as you would love yourself ,who are they to judge . Dear Mr. Combat Vet I take my hat of to you.I Salute You.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:11pm
  90. A thousand likes for this amazing man.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:12pm
  91. That´s TX for you. He seems all man to me.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:13pm
  92. lol, texas…

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:14pm
  93. He wasn´t fighting for anybody´s rights. He job was to take rights away from Iraqis.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:14pm
  94. I have always enjoyed San Antonio. What shame he was treated this way. A public apology from the Mayor is in order

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:16pm
  95. Not surprised that this happened in Texas. As former Air Force and someone who is part of the gay community its sad that this is the country i fought for too. Send the bigots and right wing religious assholes to pray while walking int he streets of iraq without gear and a gun see what happens. I salute my fellow military brother!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:16pm
  96. I´m from Texas. I swear we don´t all feel like those assholes.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:16pm
  97. I am sad for him. Unbelievable.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:16pm
  98. I think he´s adorable and from me, he has so much respect. I love this country. See, the strong hearted individuals who fight on the daily to be judged with arms closed, same with minds. Pitiful. This country is a damn closet!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:17pm
  99. Shameful!!! How people could boo this fine man is beyond me!!!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:19pm
  100. Bullies never grow up

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:20pm
  101. BOO TEXAS!!!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:20pm
  102. I stand and applaud this courageous man!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:20pm
  103. What a bunch of assholes! He served his fucking country!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:20pm
  104. Hero to me!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:20pm
  105. What a bunch of douche bags.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:21pm
  106. Are you kidding me? That is so sad. Do they know later they will be seen as bad as the people who were for discrimination against blacks. Start thinking people and love one other. There is so much bad in this world that we need good start making a difference.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:22pm
  107. Disgusted with ignorance

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:22pm
  108. Can we please act like civilized adults!! I stand and applaud you for you service and you lifestyle!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:23pm
  109. Shame on those people.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:24pm
  110. Booing him…..totally shameful! This makes me really sad! :-(

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:24pm
  111. All this does is further my idea of visiting Texas State in general. mean people suck and so do they for doing this to him.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:24pm
  112. Glad I don´t live there. That is not the way to treat any Veteran. And again a Church getting involved State issues. Take away their tax exempt status

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:25pm
  113. Just ignore the haters! God Bless you and thank you with undying gratitude for your service to our country!!!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:26pm
  114. So shameful! Who cares if he is gay!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:26pm
  115. ASSES!!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:26pm
  116. That sucks.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:26pm
  117. Sumbdy owes u and apology

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:29pm
  118. They need to remember this man volunteered to fight for their rights to voice their opinions without ridicule. Don´t I NBA sultan him by using your right he caught for against him. Hats off to you my veteran brother. Thank you for your service and god bless.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:32pm
  119. They´re a shameful, despicable, disgrace to their country!!!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:32pm
  120. TEXAS!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:32pm
  121. *Insult him

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:33pm
  122. tea/alec scum.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:33pm
  123. That´s ridiculous to boo a veteran and a hero.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:33pm
  124. They should be hanging their heads in shame….

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:34pm
  125. San Antonio sucks!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:36pm
  126. oh Texas, Thank you for continuing to be so freaking stupid, narrow minded snd bigotted. You take some of the heat off Missouri, for me.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:36pm
  127. Where is the compassion for this man??? Have people really gotten that cruel and filled with that much hate….. SMH. Isn´t there enough problems in the world without worrying about a person sexual orientation? SIR…. if you are reading this…THANK YOU for serving our country and for paying a major price to ensure our freedom .

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:37pm
  128. No honor. They forget he´s human he lost a limb in service of his countries people. He was brave in the war and brave now. Shame on them. He gave so much and one harmless thing about him makes them despise him? Shame on them.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:38pm
  129. Fuck San Antonio

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:39pm
  130. He served our country and his sexual orientation should not matter and is none of anyone´s business! Get over it America! He is a hero! God bless you soldier!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:40pm
  131. I´m not a fan of San Antonio either. Crappy city.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:40pm
  132. that was so wrong——— we love him – he always has his real community forever behind him- thanks for the serving and protecting our country

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:41pm
  133. that was so wrong——— we love him – he always has his real community forever behind him- thanks for the serving and protecting our country – Im in Houston -

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:41pm
  134. Can we vote Texas out of the US?

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:43pm
  135. he shouldn´t be thought of as special because he lost his leg doing his job and he shouldn´t be thought of as worse than because he´s gay. he´s just another person in the world like all of us, on both counts.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:44pm
  136. f*ck San Antonio

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:44pm
  137. We really need an LGBT archive of sorts where all of the rantings of the LGBT haters can be preserved and replayed over and over to future generations. I wonder how the great grandchildren of these haters will look upon their ancestor´s actions? Will it be with the same feeling of disgust that we feel today when looking on pictures of those opposed to civil rights in the 1950´s and 60´s?

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:47pm
  138. Things like this make me ashamed that I live in Texas.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:48pm
  139. I am from Texas and believe me not all of us are ignorant and stuck up like those people yes there are people like that unfortunetly but thats becuase of their religon another reason why i am athiest. He served our country and for that i praise him for his courage and bravery. Thank you for your service don´t listen to those closed minded idiots they just using religon as an excuse to hate on you.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:48pm
  140. Thank you for your service. Shame on them! Don´t listen to them!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:50pm
  141. I appreciate him. those effers don´t even realize that if there is a heaven…they aren´t gettin´ in.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:57pm
  142. I want to applaud this man and then go and hand out zanax to the WBBC idiots. They just all need to chill !!!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:57pm
  143. He is a hero and should be applauded as such. You have my respect soldier and I thank you for your service and dedication to our nation.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:58pm
  144. That is wrong on so many levels

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 4:58pm
  145. One more reason to dislike Texas

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 5:01pm
  146. This infuriates me. For people to sit their and call themselves Christians. Just because you stand in a garage it does not make you a car. Same thing for going to church and knowing the word of God. If only they would open up their eyes and realize that MY God is the God who died for ALL people. His bestfriends and the ones He trusted His very WORD with were a drunk, a thief, a prostitute, etc.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 5:04pm
  147. Disgusting behaviour, this man is no less brave than anyone of the hetero persuasion! >:(

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 5:04pm
  148. and he gave his leg, so they could boo him? everyone in that room should go down to the recruiting office and sign up..chkn sht mofo´s.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 5:04pm
  149. SAD!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 5:05pm
  150. wow that´s disgusting! God Bless this man thank you for your service!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 5:10pm
  151. He should be thought of a special for VOLUNTEERING to do a job, let alone now being disabled because of it, more than 99% of our citizens WON´T volunteer for! That was a stupid comment up there.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 5:16pm
  152. What a depressing thing to read!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 5:21pm
  153. Despicable!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 5:23pm
  154. how revolting after all the horror that man went througha nd to come home and boo because hes not hetero? no sire, I don´t like it

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 5:24pm
  155. Pitiful!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 5:26pm
  156. FUCKED UP

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 5:30pm
  157. and he received a leg made of titanium so he can sell it or not it was my monies that made the fake leg as well as the one that was blown off and he made himself into a homo not me

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 5:37pm
  158. People are so imoral. Sometimes I think we are shooting the wrong popple!! This is such sad news.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 5:39pm
  159. Thank you for all the sacrifice you have made for all of us. E

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 5:39pm
  160. A hero booed by a group on immoral idiots.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 5:43pm
  161. Shameful behavior

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 5:44pm
  162. His or anybody elses sexual orientation has nothing to do with character values…and nothing else matters but character. Clearly the folks lack any kind of moral values. Such an outrageous shame! This man served and fought, he lost his leg…and all over sudden it´s worthless? Shame on them, soulless bigots!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 5:45pm
  163. Russel, your an ASSHOLE !!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 5:48pm
  164. Hey I´m from Texas and my brother is gay. I am bisexual. Not all Texans r morons like these assholes.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 5:56pm
  165. I´m sorry that people don´t love you for you as a human being but would rather judge you. Thank you for service for our country.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 6:03pm
  166. Texan vermin

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 6:04pm
  167. This Soldier has MY SALUTE…forget the fools…and MARCH ON…proudly.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 6:05pm
  168. Thank you for everything you´ve done for me and ours… You are wonderful and beautiful and my hero!!!!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 6:06pm
  169. How can you boo someone who is so courageous to serve for our country. He also sacrificed for our country. San Antonio should be ashamed.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 6:08pm
  170. Bigotry has no conscience

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 6:17pm
  171. Texas A-holes

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 6:18pm
  172. Shows how stupid and closed minded people are.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 6:24pm
  173. What a disgrace!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 6:38pm
  174. F@$)(. !!!! Texas!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 6:39pm
  175. Damn shame. It´s beyond me why some politician doesn´t make an example of this and show some real pride in America instead of just wrapping themselves in the flag, sending our men and women to war, and then forgetting about them when they come home!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 6:40pm
  176. The stupid humans are noisy. Ignore.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 6:48pm
  177. Shame…

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 6:55pm
  178. that BS

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 7:01pm
  179. A HUGE Like from me! And a <3. too. :)

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 7:03pm
  180. Hate, intolerance and fear will split people apart. Love, tolerance and equality bring us together in the long run. These haters are just threatened of change.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 7:13pm
  181. Texas isn´t really known for anything good

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 7:15pm
  182. Bastards. I would have gave him a hug and thank him for his service. I have a gay son and Im very proud of him. All I can say is I´m sorry people are assholes.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 7:17pm
  183. Tell them all to go to hell. That ´s where they are going anyway. They don´t have the right to judge you. (especially you).

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 7:19pm
  184. thank you for your service young man :-)

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 7:33pm
  185. Assholes united strikes again!!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 7:34pm
  186. Thanks shameful.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 7:39pm
  187. he lost his leg fighting for us all,including them,but he gets booed because hes gay?!?!?!?!oh these ppl are idiots!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 7:46pm
  188. Stay classy Texas…those people are lower than whale crap!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 7:51pm
  189. Respect for all veterans!!!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 7:52pm
  190. Do what that´s awful

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 8:02pm
  191. what crap!!! F those Fascist pigs.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 8:12pm
  192. WOW… San Antonio is very gay, so I heard. What´s with that???

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 8:22pm
  193. It is Texas, where education is not a priority. Sad yes, surprising; NO.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 8:22pm
  194. a shame, for sure the same people who stood there with the right to boo him are the same people who´s rights he protected so they could come back and disrespect him, ironic.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 8:30pm
  195. I´m very sorry. I´m ashamed to say we have a lot of hypocrats & bigots here in Texas. I was also a gay soldier & i want to thank you for serving & fighting for our country, even if 50% are assholes. Again thank you fellow soldier.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 8:38pm
  196. He is my hero! Thank you for your service!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 8:38pm
  197. *hugs*

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 8:49pm
  198. You are not alone. Don´t let ignorance and hatred cloaked in the guise of the word of God get you down. “They know not what they do.” Forgive them quickly and move on!!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 8:52pm
  199. what a cutie! and a soldier to boot! how can i propose?

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 8:56pm
  200. They know exactly what they are doing. They are hating. They claim to be Christian, they claim to be patriots, and I´m sure they claim to support the troops, but when you get down to it, they prefer to lie and to hate. How would such a city ordinance possibly hurt any of them?

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 8:59pm
  201. “How many different kinds of disgusting do you have to be, to boo a man who volunteered to fight and die for you?” Jeff Daniels as ´Will McAvoy´, on ´The Newsroom´.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 9:05pm
  202. they are the real disgrace to god, fellow christians, and to our country. I showed my grandfather this article, he served in the marines….he had the most disgusted look on his face. its shameful and an embarresment to all the people who have fought for our rights.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 9:31pm
  203. You go dude!

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 9:45pm
  204. That´s NOT cool.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 9:55pm
  205. thats fucked up what is wrong with people

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 9:58pm
  206. how sad is that??? Texass

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 10:47pm
  207. what the hell…this man fought for us…thank you to him

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 11:18pm
  208. im sorry u have to go threw thar

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 11:18pm
  209. Dont get down your the best thanks for what you did for us

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 11:39pm
  210. It is Texas, so many uneducated red neck. Inbreeding and religion makes people crazing.

    Posted on Friday, August 16, 2013 at 11:56pm
  211. he is a hero.they are cowards.

    Posted on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 12:16am
  212. Sad..God made NO mistakes!!!!! Dog bless you hero!

    Posted on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 12:28am
  213. God bless you hero…that is

    Posted on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 12:28am
  214. His fellow San Antonians didn´t boo him, right wing zealots booed him.

    Posted on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 12:51am
  215. The hate in people´s hearts . . .

    Posted on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 1:14am
  216. Well, weren´t they stupid. People never cease to amaze me. After they booed him they most likely went home and kicked their dog and flung the cat against the wall. Self righteous asses. I thank you sir for your service and I am sorry for your leg. May God bless you.

    Posted on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 2:06am
  217. I was about to like this but there is nothing to like just horrible

    Posted on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 2:26am
  218. From a fellow lesbian soldier, I am proud of you.

    Posted on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 2:33am
  219. You are a brave man – you were willing to sacrifice your life for our country! For that I respect you! Also, I care not if you are gay – you are a SOLDIER that deserves our respect!! Thank you for serving our country and keeping us safe!

    Posted on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 2:40am
  220. Disgusting. Get out of that awful place. Not all of our country is this vile.

    Posted on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 2:58am
  221. Moved to NY. We are very unconservative here, and let people live the way they want to

    Posted on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 3:52am
  222. They must have been Hillbillies that booed him!

    Posted on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 4:16am
  223. not all San Antonio residents are homophobic. My sister, brother-in-law and a nephew live there, they belonged to the Rainbow Coalition when they lived in AZ. My sister and niece came to my wedding and the whole family has always been supportive me and many LGBT friends

    Posted on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 4:58am