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VIETNAMESE PARADE-GAY RIGHTS
California city will consider granting permit for Vietnamese parade that excludes gays
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 3:42 PM EST
A Southern California city is gearing up for a heated debate over a Vietnamese new year's parade that would exclude the community's gay and lesbian residents.
Viet Rainbow co-chair Hieu Nguyen says he hopes a permit will be denied for the Vietnamese American Federation of Southern California, and if it is granted that council members will sit out the parade.
Assistant City Attorney Christian Bettenhausen has said councilmembers can't deny a permit based on the parade's message because a parade, like a demonstration, is protected free speech.
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