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Gay Pride Protester: Ouch

"People actually wanted to hurt us"

Raymond Rodriguez might have expected some feedback. When he showed up at the Boise Gay Pride parade carrying a sign that read "Homosexuality is an abomination," he was not, as you might imagine, the most popular guy on the block. But now he's filed a report with the Boise Police Department because he said he was attacked by gay-rights supporters who thought his presence was, to say the least, inappropriate.

Rodriguez, who is a regular fixture outside Planned Parenthood (BW, News, "The Sign People," March 24) said he was "hit, spit on, and attacked with metal crutches."

"People actually wanted to hurt us," Rodriguez, 21, said. The "us" refers to his brother and father, who also held signs reading "America needs to repent" and "Gay is unnatural." Without a suspect identified, BPD spokeswoman Lynn Hightower said there wasn't much for officers to go on. Rodriguez said that although gay-rights supporters asked that he be arrested for disrupting a peaceful event, he agreed to leave.

More than 700 people rallied downtown last weekend in what was otherwise a more-than-successful show of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered Idahoans.