SF Anti-Gay Bigots Disrupt Weddings

Activist Michael Petrelis notes that the media are being quite shy in reporting an outrage: People opposed to marriage equality are disrupting the weddings of same-gender couples.

He quotes two brief pieces from the San Francisco Chronicle; these are, apparently the only news stories so far addressing the matter:

From Tuesday’s Chronicle:

Many same-sex couples have waited for decades to legally marry, but evidently a few protesters thought they would be able to get in their way.

Sheriff’s deputies walked a number of protesters out of City Hall when they interrupted ceremonies on Tuesday. Nathan Ballard, a spokesman for Mayor Gavin Newsom, said it wasn’t immediately clear how many weddings were interrupted.

And this is excerpted from Thursday’s Chronicle, the paper edition:

…Two same-sex weddings were interrupted Tuesday afternoon, one shortly before 2 p.m. and one twenty minutes later.

In both instances, same-sex couples were saying their vows when two different men approached them and screamed at them. Sheriff’s deputies nearby responded promptly, admonished the men for disrupting city business and escorted them out of City Hall. Neither man was arrested.

Eileen Hirst, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office, said she didn’t know what the men were shouting, but she assumes they were supporters of Prop. 8, which would ban same-sex marriages in California …

“Disrupting somebody’s wedding is deplorable behavior,” Ballard said. “If these protesters believe that shouting during a wedding ceremony is a smart way to make their point, they are sorely mistaken.”

Ballard said security at City Hall will be ramped up if there’s any indication the protesters are planning to return.

Petrelis says he will keep working on exposing the truth and getting justice. I bet he’ll succeed. We’re lucky to have his eyes and ears on the case in California.

You can do your part to help too.


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