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In an unsettling development out of Porterville, Ca., Mayor Virginia Gurrola has been removed from office after clashing with city council over her LGBT Pride Month declaration in June.
Mayor Gurrola bravely issued the proclamation designating June as LGBT Pride Month during a contentious city council meeting on June 4. She stated that the designation would “welcome groups into our community” and send a powerful message of acceptance to the community’s youth.
Not one of the city councilors joined Gurrola in signing the proclamation, and despite the fact that issuing proclamations is the sole jurisdiction of the mayor, the council voted 3 to 2 to rescind the LGBT Pride proclamation weeks later in mid-July.
The Porterville City Council was the only city government in the state to support Proposition 8, the discriminatory ballot initiative that outlawed same-sex marriage in California in 2008.
Vice Mayor Pete McCracken, who dissented against rescinding the proclamation, was also removed from his position last week. Both Gurrola and McCracken will remain on city council. They have been replaced in their positions by new Mayor Cameron Hamilton and Vice Mayor Brian Ward, both former city council members who voted to overturn the LGBT Pride Month declaration in July.