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San Diego firefighters victorious in suit against forced participation in gay pride parade

Justice has been served. To have subjected these four men to participate in
such a disgusting showcase of sleaze and debauchery is unforgivable.
Generous compensation and a public apology by the city should be forthcoming…
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SAN DIEGO, California, January 28, 2011 ( – Four California
firefighters forced to participate in a gay pride parade in July 2007 are
victorious after the California Supreme Court this week refused to hear the
city’s petition to review an appellate court decision last year.

The four men, led by Fire Capt. John Ghiotto of the San Diego Fire-Rescue
Department, filed the suit against the city of San Diego for sexual
harassment a month after a battalion chief directly ordered them to ride a
fire engine in a lewd parade through the city streets. The men endured
verbal abuse and come-ons, as well as overtly sexual gestures from the

"You could not even look at the crowd without getting some type of sexual
gesture," stated the original complaint, which noted that Christian
protesters reviled them for joining the parade. Had the men refused, Ghiotto
noted, the men risked being immediately suspended and stripped of any chance
of promotion.

"As a supervisor I felt disgusted and embarrassed, that I had to subject my
crew to this type of behavior."

J Young

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