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City Council Members in Porterville, CA Want to Rescind Mayor's LGBT Pride Proclamation: VIDEO


In 2009, Porterville, California's City Council faced outrage from some of the community after it passed a resolution publicly supporting Proposition 8. Now the town is in a heated debate over plans by some of the Porterville City Council members to rescind an LGBT Pride proclamation made by the city's mayor, Virginia Gurrola.

An overflow crowd turned out at the City Council meeting on Tuesday night and some heated debate took place.

According to ABC30, "several council members want the proclamation rescinded and a resolution be voted on instead, calling June a month of community charity and goodwill to all in Porterville."

Watch their report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. They should all be recalled... is there really that little going on in Porterville?

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Jun 19, 2013 8:45:41 AM

  2. Good will to all, except for those dirty queers! And seriously, a packed house for this?

    Posted by: franklin | Jun 19, 2013 8:54:32 AM

  3. Central CA might as well be a red state in and of itself. That whole area is well known for it's social conservatism.

    Posted by: Jpl | Jun 19, 2013 9:01:24 AM

  4. What's in the water supply out there? Or did Fredsie Phelps open a branch of the loony bin nearby? God save us from your "followers"!

    Posted by: Onnyjay | Jun 19, 2013 9:24:05 AM

  5. Please join us Porterville Equality and Fairness for All on Facebook to help and learn what goes on here. This is even worse than persevered here, an we say no more, we are reaching out to America to shine a light on it. See you try there!

    Posted by: PEFA | Jun 19, 2013 11:32:49 AM

  6. Stories like this are so depressing. It's 2013 and people are still claiming they are victims of "political correctness" when the awful gays demand their rights. The good news is they are losing ground fast. But it's still depressing to see.

    Posted by: James | Jun 19, 2013 12:43:52 PM

  7. Yep. Religion at loving work again. It'll kill us all!

    Posted by: Geoff | Jun 19, 2013 2:37:07 PM

  8. I stopped by to provide a link to the porterville meeting because the video above is broken.

    Posted by: Jason Scott | Jun 19, 2013 3:38:35 PM

  9. I grew up in Porterville and it was and is a hell-hole. The Central Valley was settled by Dust Bowl refugees, and even though it's physically located in California and this is 2013, culturally it's still 1930s Oklahoma.

    Posted by: Ken | Jun 19, 2013 5:28:36 PM

  10. @Ken I grew up in Porterville too, and got the hell out. You are spot on with your description of Porterville, and Tulare county in general.

    Posted by: Bri | Jun 19, 2013 6:47:35 PM

  11. The city council members have made clear they want to alienate gay residents, and make that city a militant homophobic environment. That city is vile for what they are doing and LGBT need to rise up and let it be known how those city councilmembers are enforcing discrimination. The commentary by some of the councilmembers was downright ignorant.

    Posted by: Two Dads | Jun 20, 2013 12:07:41 AM

  12. Isn't WHITE homophobia BEAUTIFUL? So sad!

    Posted by: Jose carrabbas Tu Quiero Taco Bell Feliciano | Jun 20, 2013 1:42:20 AM

  13. Isn't white folks bigotry just great? So sad!

    Posted by: Jose carrabbas Tu Quiero Taco Bell Feliciano | Jun 20, 2013 1:42:53 AM

  14. Good for the mayor for issuing the proclamation in the first place. For the record the previous mayor supported the resolution in favor of Prop 8. Regardless of what happens next month, it's great that they have an ally in Virginia Gurrola.

    Posted by: Stefan | Jun 20, 2013 3:05:06 AM

  15. Thank you for picking this story up Towleroad! Us residents in Porterville need all the love and support we can get from you. This City Council keeps trying to scare us back into closets and bully us around. They did it to us in 2008...we want to make sure they know it won't happen again! Please keep following our story.

    Posted by: Melissa | Jun 20, 2013 3:06:07 AM

  16. Ralph and I started our started our relationship when I moved to Porterville 37 1/2 years ago. His boss Sammy found us a place to live. We were an openly gay couple and we even held hands walking down main street. Some of people at our jobs liked us and even socialized with us. It was back in the days of Anita Bryant and the bumpersticker on my car read "Let she who is without sin cast the first orange". My car never got hit by and oranges. Porterville was our home for 1 1/2 years before we moved to Visalia. We haven't changed but Porterville sure has. Sitting in the City Council meeting and hearing the majority of their citizens say such vile things about our community really angered me. What the hell happened to Porterville? Having said that, you had better know Porterville has one great LGBT Community and Mayor!

    Posted by: slade | Jun 21, 2013 9:25:20 AM

  17. Porterville and Tulare County in general need a lot of help, and fortunately there are people like Melissa that stick it out around here to do the work. I moved outta the Central Valley around 15 years ago, but then realized that I couldn't abandon my home and my people to these good 'ol boys. I had to come back and fight. So there are a lot of really amazing people around here that represent love and acceptance. Please send us all your positive energy and most of all SPREAD THE WORD!!! We need to let our City Council know that the world is watching.

    Posted by: Nicole | Jun 21, 2013 12:38:37 PM

  18. Oh, if your decisions are based on religioius bigotry, let me remind you of what happens when American fundamentalists are let loose around the world. Two years ago, Evangelicals visited Uganda. When they left, a bill to "kill homosexuals' was introduced in parliament.
    Then a Ugandan newspaper printed names and phoographs of gays and one, David Kato, a gay activist was murdered in his home. Even at his family funeral, Evangelical Ministers, preached fire and brimstone. The Evangelicals decided to give workshops to Ugandan police, teachers, politicians etc telling them that "Family Values" were being threatened by gays. What they failed to point out is that gays have the same values. We believe in honesty, tolerance, love, family, freedom for all individuals.
    Evangelicals and hate-mongers are getting media attention, and if you are one of them, remember that 'what you sew, you reap.:"
    Jesus made a Samaritan (the most hated of his day) and considered unclean by the Jewish priests) to be the hero of the Parable. There was more love in that Samaritan than in all the Jewish Torah thumpers. God is Love. It's that simple, and Jesus told us to abide in love. Jesus always had the same words for the Scripture quoters who used the Torah to put down others. Jesus said "You know that it is written, but I tell you.....and what he told them was always based on love: To get into the Kingdom, Jesus told the lawyer, Love God, Love your Neighbour and Love yourself.

    People of Porterville, who is your neighbour?

    Posted by: paula key | Jul 17, 2013 6:44:23 PM

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