A California pastor who claims he is "not a bigot" ejected gay activists from his church rally to kick-off a signature drive to repeal California's LGBT history bill. Watch the report WHEN YOU JUMP ...
The drama unfolded Wednesday at the Southern Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles. The congregation gathered to "pray for the repeal" of the Fair Education Act, also known as SB 48.
Groups who support the new law showed up the meeting to voice their perspective. ... Just prior to the start of the meeting, a trio of SB 48 supporters, including a local rabbi, were asked to leave.
"We just wanted to know if we could come, listen, observe and hear their side, because we want to come to the table on some common ground," said Milton Davis, of the Jordan/Rustin Coalition. "They said that they did not want us on the property at all, period. They told us they were asking us to leave, but they told us they would be willing to remove us if they needed physically," Davis told KTLA.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 48 on July 14. The bill requires California public schools to add LGBT history to its curricula. The bill has been slammed by conservatives and many churches, who have started a signature drive to repeal the bill.
The signature circulation deadline is October 12, 2011. About a half-million signatures are needed. Equality California Executive Director Roland Palencia has acknowledged the referendum will "probably" make the ballot and fighting it will be an uphill battle.
KTLA reported on the drama at Southern MBC. Watch the fiasco—including a church queen ejecting the activists and shirtless men dancing at gay pride to illustrate "the homosexual agenda"—WHEN YOU JUMP ...