"We ARE different from them."
Residents of the northern California town of Dixon protested Tuesday over the vice mayor's insulting comments about gay people.
In a rowdy public meeting in city hall, Ted Hickman faced his constituents for the first time since he insulted gay people in a column last month for a local newspaper. He refused to apologize, and d
In the column, which Hickman also posted on his personal website, he repeatedly called homosexuals "faries," by which he meant fairies, and called for July to be celebrated as "Straight American Pride," or "SPAM" month.
With Gay Pride Month over in June, Hickman wrote, "Now hundreds of millions of the rest of us can celebrate our month, peaking on July 4th, as healthy, heterosexual, fairly monogamous, keep our kinky stuff to ourselves, Americans."
"We ARE different from them," he continued, contrasting heterosexuals with gay people. "We work, have families, (and babies we make) enjoy and love the company (and marriage) of the opposite sex and don’t flaunt our differences dressing up like faries and prancing by the thousands in a parade in nearby San Francisco to be televised all over the world."
An online petition to remove Hickman from office over the column has gathered about 26,000 signatures. But such a move is illegal within six months of an election. So critics will have to wait until after Hickman runs again in November.
Dixon's Mayor Thom Bogue has publicly reprimanded his deputy, saying he "
“Having a free press is absolutely required for a free society,"
Scholl said his newspaper has lost some advertisers over the controversy, but gained others.