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California Mayor Virginia Gurrola Criticized For Declaring LGBT Pride Month (Video)

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A California mayor’s decision to honor June 2013 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month was met with some resistance. Porterville Mayor Virginia Gurrola said she made the decision to bring the community together  not divide it.

After the mayor read her decision during a city council meeting, some of the attendees said she will some day have to answer to God because of her choice, the Porterville Recorder reported.

Gurrola was the only one to sign the proclamation.

“My signature is not on there,” said Councilman Cameron Hamilton. “I do not support the proclamation.”

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The emotions during the meeting were running high and extra police officers were on hand to keep the peace if necessary. There were outbursts of applause, cheers and boos throughout the event.

Many were openly critical of the mayor.

“How dare you Virginia Gurrola,” said Kenneth Avila before condemning the mayor for her decision.

“I’m really saddened and shocked by this proclamation tonight," said Dennis Townsend. "It had no place in this council, this city.” 

Gurrola had at least one supporter.

“I just want to say thank you, thank you very much,” said Amber Dennard, a mother of two and a lesbian.

A video about the story is below:

Sources: Porterville RecorderHRC