Judge ruled in favor of Tet parade organizers

This year, the 2013 Tet Parade was organized by a Vietnamese community organization in Little Saigon since the city did not have the fund to host it. The parade organizers apparently were fed up with the “kissing” scenes—perhaps rated PG-13—of some members of the Viet LGBT group that they decided not to let the group march in the parade.

The LGBT group took the parade organization to court.

Was it a big mistake for the parade to exclude the Viet LGBT group—i.e. did they violate any laws? The answer depends on whom you ask. If you ask the judge who ruled in favor of the parade organizers today, the answer would be NO. The city can not force a private group—in this case the parade organization—to include any participants whose messages don’t agree with the group.

Will we continue to see Tet parade—without pride parade—in 2014? Unless the city finds the money to host the next Tet parade, this may be the case.

Ch3 Nguyen


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