Calif. Court Upholds San Diego Firefighters Verdict

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A California appellate court has upheld the verdict in the case of four San Diego, Calif. firefighters who did not want to take part in a gay pride parade.

Last year, those firefighters were forced to participate in the parade.

In response, Captain John Ghiotto and firefighters Jason Hewitt, Alex Kane and Chad Allison sued the city for sexual harassment and violation of their free speech. There were each awarded $34,000 as well as legal fees.

A jury ruled the city should not have forced the firefighters to join the parade, but the city appealed the verdict.

It only took one week for the appellate court to reach its decision and uphold the firefighters rights.

"Government employees should never be forced to participate in events or acts that violate their sincerely held beliefs. The jury saw this, and the court wisely upheld that ruling," Charles S. LiMandri, the West Coast regional director of the Thomas More Law Center, told LifeSiteNews. "The jury's verdict recognized the firefighters' right to opt out of activities that they consider morally offensive and that subject them to harassment."

"We hope this ruling will end the city's attempts to defend its act of compelling people to participate in sexually-charged events against their moral and personal convictions," said ADF Senior Counsel Joseph Infranco, who is co-counsel in the case. "If not, we are prepared to continue to defend the firefighters all the way to the California Supreme Court."

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