Fayetteville, AR Mayor Says 'Screw You' to AFA Over Pride

Mayor Lionel Jordan of Fayetteville, Arkansas received around 300 emails yesterday as a result of an action alert from the American Family Association which asked the mayor to drop his support for the Gay Pride parade in which 10-year-old Will Phillips is to serve as Grand Marshall, the Fayetteville Flyer reports:

2_willphillips "Despite receiving over 300 emails Wednesday afternoon urging Mayor Lioneld Jordan to withdraw the city’s support for the parade and other festivities including a mayoral proclamation, Fayetteville Communication Director Lindsley Smith said Saturday’s activities will go on as scheduled. 'The Mayor is still excited,' said Smith. 'Everything’s still on.' Most of the messages included identical body copy which came pre-loaded in an online action form set up by the American Family Association. Nearly all of them began with the statement, 'I am shocked to learn that the city of Fayetteville is issuing a proclamation in support of the homosexual activist group, Northwest Arkansas Pride.' Smith said the majority of the emails were from non-Fayetteville residents."

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  1. Blessings upon the Mayor of Fayetville.

    Posted by: Fahd | Jun 25, 2010 9:51:58 AM

  2. good for him! props to mayor of fayettville

    Posted by: Amaezm | Jun 25, 2010 10:03:17 AM

  3. Always good to see people like the mayor standing up to these bullies.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Jun 25, 2010 10:12:50 AM

  4. What i love most about the AFA - NOTHING - but why are they not condemning the Westboro Baptists for using their children and some of them under the age of 10, oh wait, those kids are used to promote HATE, INTOLERANCE and DESECRATION of the Flag and the Values we hold dear. So a 10 y/o who took a position against hate is being brainwashed while other children are taught to hate are not>>??

    Posted by: alexInBoston | Jun 25, 2010 10:26:37 AM

  5. I sent Mayor Jordan an email yesterday morning thanking him :D

    Posted by: Tollendyr | Jun 25, 2010 10:27:07 AM

  6. I'll be sending a thank you email too. Way to hold true to whats right.

    Posted by: Matthew | Jun 25, 2010 11:17:28 AM

  7. i had a close friend who lived in fayetteville for a time. according to her, it's basically to arkansas what austin is to texas.

    Posted by: alguien | Jun 25, 2010 11:59:00 AM

  8. I am proud to be an openly gay man in Fayetteville. I am proud that our mayor has stood his ground in support of this cause.

    For anyone who has ever been to Austin, TX and Fayetteville, AR will know that Fayetteville is NOT like Austin...just saying'. lol I mean I love this town but Austin rocks my socks!

    Posted by: Trey Grissom | Jun 25, 2010 12:20:11 PM

  9. I also wrote him a letter, and for the record, his first name is Lioneld, not Lionel.

    Posted by: Aaron Akins | Jun 25, 2010 12:20:19 PM

  10. Called the Mayors office and spoke with his assistant they were appreciative of support they have been receiving!!

    Posted by: alexInBoston | Jun 25, 2010 12:21:22 PM

  11. Lioneld (with a D. This man has really stood up for equality, let's spell his name right.

    Posted by: Kenn Iseli | Jun 25, 2010 12:24:28 PM

  12. I am glad this mayor is taking a stand for what is right!

    Posted by: KFLO | Jun 25, 2010 1:08:32 PM

  13. I shot him off an email this morning too. Hopefully, the supportive messages will outweigh the garbage he's undoubtedly receiving.

    Posted by: Michael Cummings | Jun 25, 2010 1:24:59 PM

  14. i called his office and the women who answered thank me for calling. everyone should call or email if the assholes can get a campaign together to criticize why can't we to show support. get everyone you know to call or email. we have to show we care as much as the bigots do and more.

    Posted by: walter | Jun 25, 2010 2:04:04 PM

  15. Andy
    maybe yo should post the contact information again for people who didn't catch it

    Posted by: walter | Jun 25, 2010 2:05:45 PM

  16. I emailed a thankyou as well.

    Posted by: chapeai | Jun 25, 2010 2:19:57 PM

  17. WOW - a politician with a spine! I have a new-found respect for the mayor of Fayetteville.

    Posted by: Steve | Jun 25, 2010 2:52:46 PM

  18. I live in Austin and there wouldn't even be a QUESTION of pulling any pride events for ANY reason. Like, no. Just no.

    Posted by: adam | Jun 25, 2010 4:48:48 PM

  19. Phelps clan is coming too. Should be interesting.

    Posted by: Cubbie | Jun 26, 2010 10:34:38 AM

  20. I can just see one of Phelps ten year olds attempting to debate Will Phillips. As the Phelps kid batters him with memorized propaganda Will devastates him with truth and logic.

    Posted by: Bear | Jun 26, 2010 4:43:06 PM

  21. A huge, hearty Congratulations to Mayor Jordan AND Fayetteville, AR for not backing down to these Talibangelical nutjobs! And thanks to all of you who support the LGBT people of AR and the USA!
    Dakotahgeo, M.Div. Pastor/Chaplain

    Posted by: Dakotahgeo | Jul 24, 2010 10:13:37 AM

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