Pro-LGBT Mayor Of California Town That Supported Prop 8 Removed From Office

A California town removed its mayor this week, allegedly for her declaration of an LGBT pride month, Fresno TV station KFSN reported Wednesday. 

The city council in Porterville, Calif. voted to oust both Mayor Virginia Gurrula and Vice Mayor Pete McCracken by a 3 to 2 vote, according to the news station. Gurrula told KFSN that there was no basis for her removal, but said she was not surprised by the vote since she’s a supporter of gay rights. The former mayor’s supporters said the city council was rankled when Gurrula proclaimed June be designated as Porterville’s LGBT Pride Month.

Gurrula’s replacement Mayor Cameron Hamilton denied that the pride month spat was the reason for Gurrula’s removal, according to the news station.

Porterville’s city council received backlash from gay rights supporters in 2009 for publicly supporting California’s Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in the state.

[h/t Huffington Post]

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