“I was forced into a situation that would compromise what I hold true and what I believe in,” engineer Jason Hewitt said in a statement
This is probably the crux of it: the objected EITHER because it offended their religious beliefs, OR because it offended their personal prejudices. They probably had nothing worse to contend with than they usually have when on duty (and probably like from women!)
I’d say they’re trying it on to cash in AND make clear that they don’t like queers
Typical homophobic reaction. Would they have complained if women had blown them kisses, or asked them to put out their fire? These actions/words are hardly ‘offensive’ except if you don’t like gays.
As for being subjected to anti-gay rants of protesters, eh? Maybe now you will know what we gays have to endure……
If nothing else, the fire officers participation in Pride will have educated these narrow minded bigots.
As a follow up to the article about the San Diego firefighters ; they were eventually given a total of $35,000. to split between them.It was a serious black eye for the city’s fire department.They claimed great emotional stress and they actually went for counselling.I’m Canadian but lived in San Diego for many years.We would have called them ‘wimps’. It is also significant to note that the fire hall they were attached to is in Hillcrest ; the traditional gay district of San Diego.