VALLEJO, Calif. — Hundreds of people descended on Vallejo City Hall Tuesday night as members of the city’s gay and lesbian community gathered for an emotional rally to condemn recent controversial comments made by Mayor Osby Davis, reports KTVU-TV.
Davis was recently quoted as saying gays and lesbians won’t be welcome in heaven. Judging from the gathered crowd, the mayor’s remarks clearly have ignited a firestorm of controversy in the Solano County city.
Of the hundreds gathered at city hall, some supported the mayor’s right to his personal opinion while others were making a stand against what they called hurtful comments.
Outside city hall were members of Vallejo’s gay and lesbian community. They rallied against what they call Mayor Davis’ oppressive and homophobic speech.
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At issue are remarks the mayor made during an interview published in the New York Times titled “Faith and Tolerance Collide in Vallejo.”
While talking about gay people Davis said quote “they’re committing sin and that sin will keep them out of heaven.
Tuesday night, Davis said he didn’t want to talk about his religion or the remarks anymore.
“This situation is already enflamed enough,” said the mayor. “Let’s just leave it alone.”
Full story at KTVU-TV.