Some Jerk Yelling Homophobic Insults Out Condo Window Ruined A Gay Wedding
A wedding in San Diego County was reportedly interrupted by vitriolic, anti-gay yelling, and some of it was caught by a guest's cellphone. Oscar De Las Salas and Gary Jackson of Arizona are now sharing the story of their wedding at Centennial Park in Coronado on August 17, ABC 10News reports. After seven years as partners, it should have been a joyful day, but witnesses say the festivities were marred by someone from the direction of a nearby, upscale condo balcony yelling, "Go home, homos!" The person shouting could not be seen by guests, but the audio was caught via one guest's cellphone. The 30-some guests, including Arizona congresswoman Krysten Sinema, and the couple were subject to several slurs, witnesses say.
Police now have to figure out if this constitute as a hate crime, or if it's protected under free speech. Either way, De Las Salas hopes to learn the identity of the man and expose him "so that people know this is not OK."
Some good has come of the situation, however. Alisa Kerr, who lives in Coronado, saw the original story on 10News a few days ago, and has volunteered to host a vow renewal celebration for the couple. She says that several local businesses are also donating their services to help show the couple that Coronado can be a welcoming place.
"We will definitely be there," De Las Salas told 10News. "This offer shows there are many, many kind people in Coronado…that value equality."