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05-17-2011, 08:57 PM
In San Diego, A Victory for Firefighters Engulfed by Sexual Harassment
By Alan SearsPosted Oct 26, 20102 Comments »When four firefighters reported for work one day in 2007, they were not prepared for the “alarming” experience that was awaiting them.

They were ordered – very much against their will and over their vocal protests – to take part in the city’s annual so-called “Gay Pride” parade.

For the three hours it took the parade to wind through city streets, the four men were under near-constant verbal assault, sexually harassed with lewd cat calls and obscene gestures, while surrounded by sexual displays and graphic images. (Anyone who thinks homosexual behavior is about a warm, gentle alternative to traditional loving relationships is deliberately averting their eyes from what goes on at these “parades”).

After the event, the four firefighters enlisted an allied attorney of the Alliance Defense Fund to file suit on their behalf against the city of San Diego, claiming that their civil rights were violated when they were compelled to participate in the parade or face official sanctions. Early in 2009, a superior court jury agreed with that assessment, and ruled in favor of the firemen. The city appealed that verdict.

On October 14 – less than a week after hearing oral argument – the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District, Division One, upheld the jury verdict.

In its ruling, the appellate court said, “the record contains substantial evidence to support a finding that the sexual harassment experienced by the Firefighters during the Pride Parade was severe and pervasive, thus altering the conditions of employment and creating a hostile or abusive work environment.”

“Government employees should never be forced to participate in events or acts that violate their sincerely held beliefs,” says Charles S. LiMandri, West Coast regional director of the Thomas More Law Center and one of more than 1,800 attorneys in the ADF alliance. “The jury saw this, and the court wisely upheld that ruling, recognizing 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,” says 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.”

Please be in prayer for professionals across the country facing persecution, and even legal action, because of their moral and religious convictions about homosexual behavior. Pray, too, for those ensnared by that behavior and their own sexual confusions, that God in His mercy will lead them back to His truth. And thank you to all of the dedicated allied lawyers like Charles LiMandri who serve their nation and Lord so faithfully.

Author: Alan Sears