Protestors Stand Up To Homophobe At CA City Council Meeting

It started two weeks ago, when Richmond, CA, resident Mark Wassberg was speaking before the city council, which had just named June as Gay Pride Month. Discussing a young gay man who committed suicide, Wassberg laughed and said, “I think it’s funny.”

Among those present for his comments were teens from the RYSE Center, an area LGBT youth community center. Others spoke against the gay Pride month proclamation, but none so viciously as Wassberg.

Last night, he was back—but so were gay-rights supporters stunned and disgusted by his remarks. Even as Wassberg asked, “And what’s going to happen is if everybody turns gay? It’ll be the end of the world because nobody will be making babies,” the mayor had police escort him out.

Reports ABC 7:

In the end, the LGBT supporters got what they wanted. Each member of the city council signed a pledge to speak out against hate and intolerance.

Now a study session is scheduled in three weeks. The city council will bring in experts to discuss LGBT issues and it will be open to the public.

Have a nice life, Mark—don’t let the door hit ya on the way out!


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  • Philip

    Once again with “the bible says”? Seriously? How about a relevant, cogent argument for for a change?

  • Rob


    Listen, just because you don’t believe in a magical dude in the sky who hears your thoughts telepathically and has a zombie for a son curing the world of it’s ills, doesn’t mean that those who do believe that are somehow irrational.

  • FYI

    Yep! Dear Rev. Crapforbrains, that Bronze Age boring Book of Fables (the Bible) also says in Ephesians 6 that: “…with a cheerful heart a slave should obey his master.”

    Slavery was not prohibited by the Law. The Israelites (Leviticus 25:44, 46) and even the priests (Leviticus 22:11) were allowed to possess slaves from the other nations.

    So stick it where the sun don’t shine, Reverend. If you and your ilk truly wish that all people in a diverse society (comprised of many different beliefs) should take your bible literally, then you shouldn’t mind working for free on some white man’s plantation and loving it (“with a cheerful heart”).

    Be careful what you wish for.

    Yeah, and let us not forget the part where after a genocidal deity mythologically destroyed a fabricated city (including children and infants — those little unrepentant Sodomites), and after He turned Lot’s wife into a pillar of salt just for the hell of it…well, then Lot celebrated by getting drunk and having sex with his own two daughters. Such a wonderful tale of high morals.

    Hot man on man action and lusting after Angels=bad….but genocide; turning one’s heterosexual spouse in a cow lick, plus incest with daughters=good.

    It’s all there in your repulsive Bronze Age Book of Bovine Excreta.

    And modern cretins take that crap seriously? Yes, the educational system in this screwed-up country has really failed us all.


    Thomas Jefferson:
    “There is not one redeeming feature in our superstition of Christianity. It has made one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites.”

  • Mark Porter

    Obviously, this guy was using reverse psychology to get each member of city council to sign a pledge against hate and intolerance. His plan worked like a charm.

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