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Three Activists Arrested as Porterville, California's City Council Rescinds Mayor's Gay 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.

Recently the town has been 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 in June and some heated debate took place.

On Tuesday night, the City Council voted 3-2 to resind the mayor's LGBT Pride proclamation, prompting a protest by three activists who stormed the chamber holding up signs reading "liars" and bigots". They were arrested.

ABC30 reports:

City Councilmember Pete McCracken voted down taking back the proclamation because in the city's history. The mayor has always had a right to issue a proclamation without the council's approval. Three other councilmembers disagreed, voting to rescind the proclamation and instead issue a more broad resolution that did not specify the gay community. The outbursts by both sides even sent the mayor out of the room in tears.

Even though McCracken would have voted to keep the proclamation, he chose not to sign it when the mayor issued it last month. "I did not sign the proclamation. I did not feel at the time that the proclamation the way it was written was appropriate," McCracken said.

As for the protests, McCracken said the demonstration clearly violated city rules. "Had they done it on the street, more power to them, gazebo across the street, no problem. In the council chambers the rules are no posters there are no signs there are no demonstrations," McCracken said.

Watch ABC30's report on the vote and arrests, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. So this is a town with five council members that needs a tally board to keep track of the vote???

    And this is a town that rescinds the designation of June 2013 as Gay Pride Month in July 2013???

    I can't decide which they need more, a brain transplant or a massive enema. Perhaps they amount to the same thing.

    Posted by: Vint | Jul 18, 2013 10:15:38 AM

  2. What a sad group of people must be that make up this city council... Are they members of Westboro Baptist Church? Are they jury members from the Zimmmerman trial?

    Where is their empathy for others?

    Posted by: TonyJazz | Jul 18, 2013 12:09:40 PM

  3. I think the town's Wikipedia entry should reflect this controversy, but I don't know how to go about it. If someone knows the proper procedure, please it needs to be done.

    Posted by: Joesph Foster | Jul 18, 2013 12:21:22 PM

  4. They're not Westboro, they're Mormons. And they're only following orders from their "true prophet of God". So the next time someone tries to tell you that the Mormon Cult isn't still actively fighting against our civil equality, don't be fooled. Stop the radical Mormon Agenda, before the "Prophet" commands his minions to attack YOUR civil rights.

    Posted by: Tony | Jul 18, 2013 1:55:32 PM

  5. To the poster who asked about WBC, I have some perhaps not unsurprising information for you.

    This was actually the fourth meeting since June 4th that addressed this topic. At the June 4th and June 18th meeting we did in fact have WBC associates present, at least one of who grew up here. It was he who got arrested in June 4th.

    I guess he didn't show this time because he was comfortable he would get what he asked for from his elected representatives.

    So yes, it is fair to say that the verbal requests of WBC and those who make the same requests carry sufficient weight to persuade Council.

    Posted by: Porterville Equality and Fairness for All | Jul 18, 2013 1:57:13 PM

  6. Terrible. The malice of heterosexuals on display. I'm sure if someone does any digging they will find this was the first time the mayor's proclamation was rescended.

    Posted by: Billy Crytical | Jul 19, 2013 1:13:00 AM

  7. The three members of the council are not
    bigots because they are politicians, that
    makes them demogogues. well who the hell
    cares anyway? California is a marriage
    equality state so f..k Porterville.
    May they should have a proclamation to
    change the city name to "Hooterville".

    Posted by: FrankC | Jul 20, 2013 8:59:24 PM

  8. UPDATE: Currently, as noted on page two of the Porterville Recorder Monday, the LGBT activists from Porterville College Pride Club, Pro-Gay Marriage clergy, Barry Caplan, Brock Neely and John Coffee, in a "sour grapes" attitude against representatives of the majority of Porterville to rescind a LGBT Day here, have shipped in out-of-town gay zealots for meetings at Las Fuentes restaurant at 4:40 today, as well as other activism pranks at City Council tonite at 6;00...The issue is settled, yet they continue to sow discord, polarization and bring disgrace to our good conservative town and citizens that clearly disagree by an extreme majority.

    Please watch this wonderful message from a local minister of the largest protestant church, and echoed by our brother Catholics, and Mormons and more...

    Thanks, Will Lloyd, Willmation Studios


    "August 4, 2013: CULTURAL TRENDS: SAME-SEX MARRIAGE by Pastor Mark Pitcher, Porterville Church of the Nazarene. A look at the issues concerning gay, lesbian, and transgendered marriage. Produced by Will Lloyd of Willmation Studios for

    Posted by: Will Lloyd | Aug 6, 2013 3:44:12 PM

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