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Nine Anti-Gay Preachers Arrested at New Orleans Southern Decadence – VIDEO

The Times Picayune is reporting that nine men have been arrested for anti-gay street preaching against celebrants at  New Orleans’ annual Southern Decadence this weekend and one other “preacher” was arrested for attempting to assault an officer.

Patrick O’Connell, 45, Rolando Igleasias, 31,  Cesar Chavez, 22, Daniel Hoogerhuis, 26, Danny Guevera, 20, Larry Craft, 52,  Montes Diego, 32 and Gary Brown, 33 were arrested on suspicion of aggressive  solicitation, a city law passed last October.

The ordinance prohibits “any person or group of  persons to loiter or congregate on Bourbon Street for the purpose of  disseminating any social, political or religious message between the hours of  sunset and sunrise.”

Another man was arrested for attempting to assault an officer.

New Orleans police spokesman Frank Robertson said  the men were previously warned not to use bullhorns, but did not comply. Casey  Kolosky, a bouncer at Tropical Isle, said the preachers were making slurs  against gays and also mentioned Hurricane Katrina victims

Note to the guy in orange carrying the sign: Your outfit is a sin.


Will Kohler

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