Santa Ana Councilman David Benavides recently called for a review of city policies related to issuing public events permits to ensure such events are staged in a nondiscriminatory way,” according to the O.C. Register. They also reported that:
“If we don’t have a no-discrimination clause, the city attorney will come back with options on how we can ensure that a special event that takes place on city property is inclusive of all parties,” Benavides said Thursday.
Benavides said he and fellow Councilman Roman Reyna were scheduled to participate in this year’s parade but pulled out after the LGBT group was banned. “It was a discriminatory decision,” Benavides said.
Gays were not banned from the Tet Parade. If a gay person wanted to walk in the parade as part of some civic or community organization that was no problem. The issue here was that militant gay rights activists wanted to hijack the Tet Parade, for their own purposes. And they refused to promise not to make out while marching in the Parade.
I would be just as opposed to anti-abortion activists marching in the Tet Parade. This event is about the Chinese Lunar New Year and the Vietnamese community’s culture and heritage. It is NOT about gay rights, animal rights, or any other such rights.
Shame on Benavides and Reyna for siding with the gay bullies rather than with the Vietnamese families of Orange County.