Gay Vietnamese-American group barred from parade

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Associated Press

Posted on March 14, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 14 at 7:33 PM

WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California city is reviewing its rules after a gay Vietnamese-American group was excluded from February's annual Tet Parade in Little Saigon.

The Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/Xb348K ) reports Thursday that the Westminster City Council had a closed session to discuss the issue.

Afterward, City Attorney Richard Jones said the council is unanimous in opposing discrimination against this or any other gay and lesbian group, and is disappointed some agreement wasn't reached over the parade.

The council will receive recommendations on possible moves at its next meeting March 27.

The Partnership of Viet Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Organizations marched in past parades when they were city-run, but were barred after a community federation took over this year. The federation said they feared the gay group would drive out other participants.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com

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