Organizers say Salisbury Pride a success, despite vocal anti-gay protesters

Organizers of the first Salisbury Pride event say it was a success, with turnout being higher than expected. That’s despite the vocal anti-gay opposition that turned out in droves and surprised even police officials.

The Salisbury Post reports that only one citation was issued during the event. A 74-year-old Pride attendee kissed one of the anti-gay preachers on the mouth.

The Post‘s Emily Ford writes:

A 74-year-old woman from Colfax, N.C., who came to support the Salisbury Pride festival, kissed a street preacher on the mouth, Police Chief Rory Collins said.

The preacher, who was protesting the event, wanted Joan Parker charged with a crime.

“Without consent, a kiss can be considered an assault,” Collins said.

Police ticketed Parker, who is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 12. She was asked to leave and complied, Collins said. During the day, two protestors also were banned by police.

Although police and volunteers interrupted several heated arguments between protestors and participants, the event was generally incident-free.

Organizer Mike Clawson took to Facebook the day after the event, noting that 1,000 attended.

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The Salisbury Post published phenomenal video coverage of the event, as well. See that below, and click here for more from WSOC TV and News 14 in Charlotte.

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Posted by Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.

One Reply to “Organizers say Salisbury Pride a success, despite vocal anti-gay protesters”

  1. “A 74-year-old woman from Colfax, N.C., who came to support the Salisbury Pride festival, kissed a street preacher on the mouth, Police Chief Rory Collins said.”
    This is incorrect. Joan Parker was CHARGED WITH kissing him on the mouth following the demand by the street preacher that she be charged with assault.
    I was facing the street preacher, about 2 feet away, when Joan kissed him ON THE CHEEK. She never kissed him on the mouth.
    The preacher initially asked his bodyguard if he got a photo of the kiss, and pointed to his CHEEK. He changed his story when the police captain arrived – from about three feet away – and he demanded Joan be charged with assault.

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