Photo by Charles Lam
They preached, they yelled, they banged the tables, but ultimately, the five members of the Westminster City Council voted unanimously yesterday to grant the (for now) LGBT-excluding Vietnamese American Federation of Southern California a permit to host the 2014 Tet Festival.
Each member made separate impassioned speeches for inclusion before the vote, but eventually heeded the advice of their city attorney and approved the request.
"This city council has gone on the record to indicate that it does not in any way condone any form of discrimination," said City Attorney Richard Jones. "It supports the LGBT communities' right to participate in this parade. ...Having said that, we are in the unique situation that the event in front of the council this evening is not a city-sponsored event. It's an event proposed by a private organization, and they have the right to exclude whoever they please."
It may be the most disdained unanimous vote in Westminster's history.More »