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Colorado Springs Mayor, City Council Reject Resolution Condemning Anti-Gay Hate Crimes After Brutal Attack: VIDEO

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Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach (below) and the City Council have refused a request for a resolution denouncing hate crimes based on sexual orientation following the July 3rd attack on five gay men, two of whom are soldiers.

Watch KDVR's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

Bach Said one of the soldiers to KRDO after the attack: "[We] heard a lot of racial slurs [and] a lot of hatred slurs towards homosexuals...I ended up getting kicked in the head and in the ribs several times. I have six bruised ribs. And my right eye was completely swollen shut for about nine or 10 hours."

Another victim still has his jaw wired shut.

KDVR reports:

On Tuesday night, a resolution written by the El Paso County Democrats to renounce hate crimes against GLBT people wasn't even given a vote by Bach and the council.

Bach, who wasn't available Wednesday for an interview, released a statement to FOX 31 Denver. "There’s no place in our city for violence, discrimination or intolerance," Bach said. "I expect our Police Department will do a thorough investigation and prosecute any offenders to the fullest extent allowed by law. "I am committed to working with all members of our community. The Spirit of the Springs program will work diligently to bring people together to be proactive in finding ways to unify our city."

In late June, Bach refused to issue a Gay Pride proclamation when asked by the local LGBT rights group.

Watch KDVR's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

 

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  1. NOW do we get it? These freaks want gay people dead.

    Posted by: COLIN IN CANADA | Jul 14, 2011 11:48:48 AM


  2. It sounds like Colorado Springs is not that far from Laramie.... In miles or mindset....

    Posted by: Creative1 | Jul 14, 2011 11:58:27 AM


  3. Colorado Springs=Homophobic cesspool.

    Expect hate crimes to continue to increase as homophobes like Bach are getting increasingly emboldened and more defiant as gay acceptance and visibility has increased. This is what we're up against, people. More than ever, this is the time to stand strong and come together as a community.

    Posted by: Francis | Jul 14, 2011 12:04:42 PM


  4. Colorado Springs is a cesspool of rotten "Christians". They use their bible to justify hatred, preach against us in their pulpits and would prefer to ignore us to death. This is yet another example.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Jul 14, 2011 12:31:35 PM


  5. Excuse me while I put on my shocked face. It is Colorado Springs after all. Home base for Focus on the Family.
    So glad I don't live there anymore.

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Jul 14, 2011 12:35:46 PM


  6. While I agree that there appears to be a wont of sympathy between Bach and his GLBT constituents, I don't quite understand how some toothless resolution condemning a terrible attack would have a measurable impact on the problem. Does the city council have a history of producing similar resolutions for other issues? If so, then the prejudicial treatment is pretty clear. If not, then one wonders how puffed up we need to get about this particular issue. What seem to be more important here are the efforts by the police and prosecutors to find the people involved and prosecute them appropriately. As long as the mayor and city council use their influence to facilitate that, then I think I'd probably not worry too much about the resolution.

    That said, I agree wholeheartedly that Colorado Springs is the very vortex of christian supremacist activity. One wonders what will happen to that community as the influence of right-wing religious bigotry continues to wane among the younger generations.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jul 14, 2011 12:50:46 PM


  7. @ Francis, I agree that just as Sally Kern has said, these bigots just want to bully us back into the closet. F*ck you if bigots if your uncomfortable, we're not going anywhere.

    Posted by: RONTEX | Jul 14, 2011 12:53:58 PM


  8. Colorado Springs is literally the headquarters of evangelical Christianity and the anti-gay industry. Not just FoF

    Posted by: Steve | Jul 14, 2011 1:02:01 PM


  9. what they resist persists.

    Posted by: Chris | Jul 14, 2011 1:17:12 PM


  10. I live in Colorado Springs. You tend to get used to the crazy people here, because, unfortunately it's over populated by them. I am not in any way surprised by any of this.

    Posted by: T | Jul 14, 2011 1:22:17 PM


  11. Why is a resolution needed here? Are you fighting for equality or special rights? Does the council make resolutions against every other crime? There's no doubt that Colorado has issues in the equality realm, but I don't see how this is one of them. Choose your battles wisely.

    Posted by: Wayne | Jul 14, 2011 2:10:15 PM


  12. Make no mistake, every time a politician makes an anti-gay pronouncement or action, there are repercussions ten-fold in acts of violence carried out by their "silent partners" in the street.

    Posted by: petrof | Jul 14, 2011 2:22:01 PM


  13. allCouncil@springsgov.com
    SBach@SpringsGov.com

    I love the comments here, but you really should direct your outrage to the above parties, who need to have truth spoken to them!

    Posted by: Perry | Jul 14, 2011 3:17:55 PM


  14. Welcome to Colorado Springs, the hate capital of Colorado. Why not plan your next vacation here and witness violence, bigotry, and hate crimes.

    Posted by: Harry Stewart | Jul 14, 2011 3:58:58 PM


  15. Someone needs to look up the word "proactive".

    Posted by: BobN | Jul 14, 2011 5:46:53 PM


  16. heres his email: sbach@springsgov.com just be nice, dont give him ammunition against us

    Posted by: KevinD | Jul 15, 2011 2:52:09 AM


  17. Widespread bigotry in Colorado Springs has lots of sources, not just christians.

    It's also home of several major military bases including the USAF Academy, home of anti-GLBT and anti-Semitic proselytizing by far right christer officers and teachers. NORAD is nearby and so is Ft. Carson, named for Kit Carson who was directly, according to Virginia Hopkins "directly or indirectly responsible for the deaths of thousands of Indians".

    Whether it's in Iraq, Colorado or Afghanistan the combination of the US military and militant christers always produces the same outcome - violence and murder.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Jul 15, 2011 5:54:37 AM


  18. The "executive director" of the Gay community center (two tattered books and a mouse eaten couch) is trying to make a name for himself with this cheap ploy to trap mayor and council in a no-win proclamation pissing match. He couldn't get the new mayor (who beat out a gay friendly candidate) to swing at the gay pride proclamation so he threw the recent gay bashing attack into the mix. While this place is certainly a backward berg, you can't fault the local pols for not swinging at this one.

    Posted by: Dave | Jul 17, 2011 12:23:43 PM


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