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Roswell Group Protests Taos Gay Pride Event

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The second annual Gay Pride Taos event, held Aug. 19 and 20, was greeted with protests from a Roswell-based religious group that vociferously opposed the “gay lifestyle,” The Taos News reported.

Video shot by The News showed half a dozen protesters standing along a fence at Kit Carson Park shouting epithets at Taos Pride participants.

A photo with The Taos News story shows group leader Jeremy de los Santos of Bible Believers of New Mexico using a bullhorn to protest the event.

Taos police intervened when they believed the remarks were getting out of hand, The News reported.

“They do have the right to protest, but some of the things they were saying were a little out of line,” police Lt. David Maggio told The News. “I don’t think it needs to be that vulgar.”

Maggio said there was an exchange that ended with one of the Gay Pride participants spitting on one of the protesters, the paper reported.

“But they were calling her some vulgar things they didn’t need to,” Maggio said. “If they do decide to protest, we’re not going to put up with that kind of vulgar, offensive language. They don’t have the right to antagonize or incite people.”


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