Say NO to divisive, homophobic Tim Busch as Grand Marshal of Napa's Fourth of July Parade

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I love living in Napa. Napa is a community that encourages diversity, and values the dignity of all people, including LGBTQ people, and our Fourth of July Parade embodies what is best about our community.

That is why it is unacceptable that Napa's Sunrise Rotary Club chose an extremely controversial and divisive person, Tim Busch, to be the Grand Marshal of the Napa Fourth of July Parade. Here, in his own words, are his feelings about LGBT people:

So many people, including those of faith, miss the point that [homosexual relations] are against the natural law and categorically wrong," Busch toldCatholic World Report in 2011. "Throughout history, any civilization that has embraced open homosexuality has failed. Ours will fail, too, if we continue in this direction."

On the day we celebrate our freedoms as Americans, it is an affront to honor Mr. Busch, who has done everything in his power to restrict individual freedoms. He was a major donor to the discriminatory Yes on 8 campaign, which sought to deny a significant number of Americans the right to marry.  Mr. Busch also actively works against a woman's freedom to make reproductive and health decisions in her own best interest. See just one of the many articles about Mr. Busch's activities:  

The Napa Valley Unity League has, for many years, marched with our neighbors in the Fourth of July Parade, and looks forward to doing so again this year. Because of the enthusiastic and warm response we receive along the parade route - a route that now flies LGBT Pride banners as a symbol of its commitment to diversity -  we know that Napa is a place that deeply values equality for all of its citizens. Sunrise Rotary should select someone who shares these values as Grand Marshal of our Fourth of July Parade.   

On a day when we put aside our differences and celebrate what we have in common - being Americans, encouraging diversity, practicing tolerance, and valuing personal freedoms - it is completely unacceptable to have Mr. Busch at the front of the parade. Please JOIN US in asking Sunrise Rotary to take immediate action to make a different, more appropriate selection as Grand Marshal.   

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