A group of San Diego firefighters who were ordered to ride in a gay pride parade claimed victory in a high profile case Tuesday.
The four firefighters had sued the city, claiming they were victims of sexual harassment. They said that during the parade, they were subjected to vulgar gestures and nudity.
"Many people may mistakenly think the 'gay pride' parade is merely a 'fun' event," said Alliance Defense Fund Senior Counsel Joe Infranco. "They never would have imagined the crude sexual harassment these firefighters were forced to endure."
Franco explained that in reality, "the goal of homosexual behavior advocates is to undermine society's long-held values."
"They continue to seek this, whether by demanding participation in 'gay pride' parades or by trampling the democratic process to redefine marriage," he said.
The four firefighters claim they suffered harassment and retaliation after complaining to superiors about the parade.
"Government employees should never be forced to participate in events or acts that violate their sincerely held beliefs," said ADF-allied attorney Charles LiMandri, said.
A jury thought so too, ruling in their favor and awarding them $34,000 in damages.
The fire chief has apologized and promised to use volunteers for future parades. The San Diego Fire Department has also changed its policy so employees will no longer be forced to participate against their will.
Sources: CBN News, Alliance Defense Fund