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Firefighters forced to participate in ‘gay pride’ parade win lawsuit
CNA ^ | February 19, 2009

Posted on 02/20/2009 10:43:36 AM PST by NYer

San Diego, Calif., Feb 19, 2009 / 09:45 pm (CNA).- A California jury found on Tuesday that four firefighters, who were ordered by their superiors to participate in the city’s “gay pride” parade were sexually harassed, and awarded them monetary damages from the city.

The case dates back to July 2007 when four San Diego firefighters were informed by their superiors that they would be participating in San Diego’s annual “Gay Pride” parade.  Though the four men protested, they were ordered to dress up in full uniform and ride on the fire engine along the parade route.

During the event, explains a statement from the Thomas More Law Center, the firefighters were subjected to “vile sexual taunts and gestures.” 

Some of the comments hurled at the firefighters along the parade route included: “you can put out my fire; you’re making me hot; give me mouth-to-mouth.” When the firefighters did not respond, some people in the crowd turned hostile and started yelling obscenities at them.

Other bystanders directed lewd acts at the firefighters, such as exposing their genitals, grabbing their crotch, and blowing kisses.

Shortly after the parade, the four firefighters filed a lawsuit against the City of San Diego.  The first trial ended in a hung jury.  However, the jurors of the retrial, which ended yesterday, found in favor of the four firefighters “on all nine questions in the verdict form,” reports the Thomas More Law Center.

The four men were awarded a combined total of $34,300 for emotional distress.  In addition, Fire Chief Tracy Jarman has stated that participation in future parades will be voluntary.

Charles S. LiMandri, West Coast Director of the Thomas More Law Center, reacted to the ruling, saying, “This is a victory for all people who are willing to stand up for what is right when it comes to defending our basic freedoms of speech and religion.  No one should be forced to be subjected to sexual harassment on the job – not even male heterosexual firefighters who are being harassed by homosexual men at a Gay Pride Parade.  All city officials should now think twice before ever making such a wrongheaded decision to violate their employees’ rights in such an improper manner again.”

Co-counsel in the case, Alliance Defense Fund Senior Counsel Joe Infranco added in a statement, “Many people may mistakenly think the ‘gay pride’ parade is merely a ‘fun’ event.  They never would have imagined the crude sexual harassment these firefighters were forced to endure.”

Deputy City Attorney Don Shanahan stated that the city will appeal the verdict.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: antichristian; celebratesin; culturewar; firefighters; firemen; gaypride; homosexualagenda; indoctrination; lavendermafia; lawsuit; parade; sandiego; sexualharassment; sodomites; taxdollarsatwork

1 posted on 02/20/2009 10:43:37 AM PST by NYer
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To: NYer

Good guys finally win one!!!!


2 posted on 02/20/2009 10:44:51 AM PST by SonnyBubba
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To: wagglebee; little jeremiah; Mr. Silverback
The four men were awarded a combined total of $34,300 for emotional distress.

That's it??!!! Had the situation been reversed, that number would have soared into the millions!

3 posted on 02/20/2009 10:44:52 AM PST by NYer ("Run from places of sin as from a plague." - St. John Climacus)
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To: NYer

It’s almost insulting but at least they won.


4 posted on 02/20/2009 10:45:31 AM PST by little jeremiah (Leave illusion, come to the truth. Leave the darkness, come to the light.)
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To: NYer

I would think the Firefighters have a case - its one thing to be ordered to provide safety at an event you don’t approve of - police and firefighters have to do that all the time - quite another to be ordered to participate.


5 posted on 02/20/2009 10:46:12 AM PST by gondramB (Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.)
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To: NYer

The pervert fire chief should be fired. And fined.


6 posted on 02/20/2009 10:46:14 AM PST by little jeremiah (Leave illusion, come to the truth. Leave the darkness, come to the light.)
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To: SonnyBubba

“The first trial ended in a hung jury.”
This story just writes itself!


7 posted on 02/20/2009 10:46:15 AM PST by Holicheese (Mmmmmmm Beer!)
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To: gondramB

I read that wrong - they have already won. Good.


8 posted on 02/20/2009 10:47:15 AM PST by gondramB (Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words.)
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To: NYer
The first trial ended in a hung jury.

In view of the subject matter of this lawsuit, this is information I could do without.

9 posted on 02/20/2009 10:47:41 AM PST by 17th Miss Regt
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To: NYer

Wow, straight people actually one something in the courts. Amazing.


10 posted on 02/20/2009 10:48:34 AM PST by MahatmaGandu (Remember, remember, the twenty-sixth of November.)
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To: NYer

True!!!


11 posted on 02/20/2009 10:49:25 AM PST by org.whodat (Auto unions bad: Machinists union good=Hypocrisy)
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To: NYer

[The four men were awarded a combined total of $34,300 for emotional distress]

That’s all. The TX rancher was ordered to pay more than that to those illegal aliens.


12 posted on 02/20/2009 10:50:02 AM PST by KansasGirl
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To: NYer

Even though the damages awarded is essentially $0 for each firefighter (especially after lawyers and the tax man take their cut) this is a victory for the good guys.

No longer will departments ORDER their staff to appear in these gay-pride parades. And that’s a good thing.

Now that there’s a precedent, you can bet most departments will think twice before pulling this stunt.

As for the people who attend these so-called-parades, they prove that a stereotype is not always inaccurate.


13 posted on 02/20/2009 10:53:56 AM PST by rom (Obama '12 slogan: Let's keep on hopin'!)
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To: Holicheese

“The first trial ended in a hung jury.”

They said they was hung—and they was right!


14 posted on 02/20/2009 10:54:31 AM PST by Buck W. (The President of the United States IS named Schickelgruber...)
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To: NYer
That's it??!!! Had the situation been reversed, that number would have soared into the millions!

My thoughts exactly. On the O'Reilly Factor last night, Megyn Kelly criticized the firefighters for asking for a million dollars apiece.

I say they should've asked for the highest amount possible. That's what the other side would do.

15 posted on 02/20/2009 10:54:43 AM PST by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: NYer

they were straight dudes...how emotionally distressed can they get?! Duh!

:P


16 posted on 02/20/2009 10:56:11 AM PST by Cailleach
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To: DirtyHarryY2K; wagglebee

Ping! The good guys win!


17 posted on 02/20/2009 10:57:15 AM PST by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: NYer

As someone who used to work at a restaurant that happened to be on Baltimore’s Gay Pride Parade route, I can attest to the fact that the firefighters were not exaggerating what they endured.

I’m generally of the opinion that what one does in their own home between consenting adults is their business. I’m also fine with them having a parade and acting ridiculous, as long as public decency and private property (and the right to dissent) is respected.

What I can tell you from experience is how unavoidable and over-the-top sexual harassment is when you are a straight male in a homosexual environment. While working, I’d often be grabbed and lewdly propositioned by customers. When I forcefully but professionally stated that it was inappropriate, the response was always ‘Sorry, I didn’t know you were straight.” That’s not the point! I would pull them aside and ask if they had a sister or (in the case of several well-known customers who were in the closet) a daughter, and if they would like me to place my hands on them and/or say similar things to them. With some that registered, but only some. I decided to work elsewhere because everyone just accepted such behavior as par for the course. I liked the restaurant owner and didn’t want to ruin his business by decking someone. But I couldn’t accept tolerating behavior at the workplace that, if I did it at elsewhere, would land me in jail or in the hospital.

My experiences in that realm opened my eyes to the hyper-sexualization and absolute lack of self-respect that was rampant in the ‘community.’


18 posted on 02/20/2009 11:03:53 AM PST by Cap74 (You can disagree with me. You can attack me. Do not lie to me.)
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To: NYer

Wonder how much money the city wasted fighting this with two trials.


19 posted on 02/20/2009 11:04:50 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Mr. President, Why am I being punished with a bailout?)
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To: NYer

My firefighter husband had to be on haz-mat duty when the Breck Girl was in town. As silent protest, the guys wore their Firefighters Support Bush t-shirts under their duty shirts. Well, they could be seen underneath in the sun light. The secret service agents started laughing about it. When asked, the secret service started spewing about how much they hated the Kerry-Edwards detail. When the event was over, the firefighters got in line for sandwiches. The Kerry-Edwards people turned them down and said it was only for volunteers. My husband said isn’t this the party of free handouts for everyone? They were not amused.


20 posted on 02/20/2009 11:07:40 AM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed less people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: NYer

Rather then winning on the issue of sexual harassment, I wonder why they did not prevail on a straightforward 1st Amendment issue of forced speech through their compulsory participation? In this latter case, then could have brought an individual civil rights (section 1983) claims against the Fire Chief.


21 posted on 02/20/2009 11:48:39 AM PST by Steelfish
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22 posted on 02/20/2009 11:48:57 AM PST by DirtyHarryY2K (To hell with the RINO party!)
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To: NYer

The idiot fire chief that started this fiasco should have been ordered to attend some sort of sensitivity training.


23 posted on 02/20/2009 11:53:12 AM PST by RBroadfoot
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To: a fool in paradise

*Wonder how much money the city wasted fighting this with two trials*

The meter is still running as it will be appealed.

I live a few blocks from the fire Station these firemen
are from.


24 posted on 02/20/2009 12:44:54 PM PST by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin - Jindal 2012)
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To: Tired of Taxes

many are like her at FOX
I bet her , hannity, amongst others hang around with these homo’s in NY city

I remember being in Boston and many women I met thought it was cool that they had had an homo as a friend.

One girl even had a guy who dressed as a woman but thought he was a lesbian and when I asked her that did she feel it was weird and that the man has mental problems she replied I’ve never thought of it , it’s just that he is really funny to be with

I swear the ignorance of these people astound me


25 posted on 02/20/2009 4:33:21 PM PST by manc (Marriage is between a man and a woman no sick MA,CT sham marriage end racism end affirmative action)
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To: manc
many women I met thought it was cool that they had had an homo as a friend.

I have to admit, when I was a younger woman, I myself had no problem associating with men who openly lived the "gay lifestyle". For example, some of the best hairdressers were gay men, where I lived in my 20's. Never did I guess where the whole agenda eventually would lead.

26 posted on 02/21/2009 4:11:02 PM PST by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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