BY Julie Bolcer
December 02 2009 10:03 PM ET
Some 250 LGBT people and their allies rallied in Vallejo, Calif., on Tuesday to protest recent remarks by Mayor Osby Davis that gay people were “committing sin.”
Davis, a devout Christian, was quoted in an interview with The New York Times on November 20 as saying about gay people, “They’re committing sin and that sin will keep them out of heaven.”
The newspaper profiled the economically struggling Bay Area town as a place where evangelical Christians have exerted considerable influence on politics. Davis defeated defeated a gay candidate, Gary Cloutier, in a recount by just two votes to become mayor in 2007.
During the rally on Tuesday, organized by a gay priest, Father Lou Bordisso, some among the total 500 attendees condemned the mayor’s comments, while others supported his right to free speech. The Hell's Angels reportedly participated to provide security.
Watch the report below from ABC 7 News in San Francisco.