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article imageChristian group peacefully protests Seattle gay pride Special

By Kevin Fitzgerald     Jun 29, 2014 in World
Seattle - A group of Christian protesters was escorted by police along 4th Avenue prior to the start of Seattle's annual gay pride parade.
Seattle Pride, which marked its 40th year, was staged in the city over the weekend and was organized to call attention to LGBT issues. The parade commemorating the event took place along a designated route beginning near Westlake Center and ending near the iconic Space Needle.
A group of Christians carrying signs displaying biblical messages was allowed to walk along the parade route while police officers rode bicycles alongside to ensure the safety of the group. A megaphone was used by one of the members to preach to the crowd.
Christian protesters march along 4th Avenue just before Seattle s gay pride parade is set to begin.
Christian protesters march along 4th Avenue just before Seattle's gay pride parade is set to begin.
While marching, the group encountered occasional jeers from the crowd. A few same-sex couples stood out on the street and kissed as an act of defiance against the protesters.
Same-sex couples stand in the street while Christian protesters pass.
Same-sex couples stand in the street while Christian protesters pass.
A gay pride reveler blows kisses to the passing protesters.
A gay pride reveler blows kisses to the passing protesters.
At one point, a parade reveler came up to a young woman in the group and appeared to get a little too close for comfort.
Following the conclusion of the march, the protesters gathered near the Space Needle and left the area shortly thereafter without incident.
One of the protesters stands with her sign shortly after the conclusion of the group s march.
One of the protesters stands with her sign shortly after the conclusion of the group's march.
Even though there were no major physical or verbal altercations at this particular event, similar protests have not ended as peacefully. At last year's gay pride event in Seattle, two street preachers were physically assaulted by angry revelers.
Update: In the days following the publication of this article, there have been reports of a confrontation and alleged assault that occurred prior to when the pictures and video used in this article were taken. According to Seattle Gay Scene, drag performer and parade announcer Mama Tits confronted the Christian protesters as they were beginning their march. Eyewitness reports state that one of the members of the group tried to hit Mama Tits with their sign, but no photos or videos have been presented to substantiate this claim.
Seattle Gay Scene did however report that Mama Tits and a group of parade attendees attempted to illegally prevent the protesters from walking along the public street by locking arms and forming a human wall. Police officers on the scene requested that the Christian protesters be allowed to pass in order to avoid further conflict.
A video of part of the confrontation can be seen below:
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