One group’s request to hold a ‘straight pride’ rally at a park in northern California has been turned out by city authorities.
According to a report by the Associated Press, city officials in Modesto, California have denied an application submitted by the National Straight Pride Coalition last week which requested a permit for space at Graceada Park for an August 24th event.
Don Grundmann, the National Straight Pride Coalition organizer assessed that about 500 people would come to the event.
KTXL reports that Modesto officials denied the group’s permit application for a space at Graceada Park because it supposedly raised ‘safety issues’ and the event organizers’ liability insurance had been canceled.
Despite rejecting the application, the city offered to provide the group with a different space near the city convention center if the group can provide proof that it has the right liability insurance and can file a permit by this coming Tuesday.
Thomas Reeves, a spokesman for the city of Modesto told reporters, “If you don’t have insurance, you can’t reserve one of our parks.”
The denial of the permit comes just after a quarrelsome city council on Wednesday evening where anti-Straight Pride voices criticized the event as not promoting heterosexuality but instead promoting anti-minority and anti-gay policies.
A counter-protest was even organized against the event. The counter protest’s planner, Chris Holland, said that the National Straight Pride Coalition is “a thinly veiled hate organization.”
“They are dressing up their homophobic agenda as a celebration, which mocks everything that pride is about,” he continued.
Event organizers behind the Straight Pride Rally insist however that their group has nothing to hide and that there’s nothing wrong or hateful about celebrating heterosexuality.
Mylinda Mason, the co-organizer of the National Straight Pride Coalition journalists, “Everyone is trying to sensationalize this event and it’s going to be much like a church service,” while adding “I know everybody likes to go and celebrate sodomy but we want to celebrate heterosexuality.”