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Rally at Cameron Village targets tolerance

Posted October 17, 2010

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— At Cameron Village in Raleigh Sunday, about 100 people gathered to send a message of tolerance and togetherness. The demonstration was sparked when a security officer at the shopping center asked a lesbian couple to leave Wednesday for showing some affection.

George York, president of York Properties, Inc., which manages the center, met with the couple Saturday, issued a written apology and promised additional sensitivity training for all security personnel.

York Properties also issued a statement about the meeting.

We apologized that the women were offended, and we affirmed that Cameron Village and York Properties have no tolerance for discrimination of any kind and believe all people deserve the right to be treated fairly in their work, homes and daily lives.

Those who gathered at the shopping center said the incident is a reminder that prejudice still exists.

Group rallies for tolerace at Raleigh shopping center Group rallies for tolerace at Raleigh shopping center

“It shouldn't be happening in 2010,” said Tracy Hollister. “This happens, not just here but all over the place.”

“These two women were doing nothing wrong,” she continued. “There should be a lot more kisses in this society than violence.”

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  • shortcake53 Oct 19, 3:21 p.m.

    Amen hereandnow, I dare anyone to tell me not to hold my hubbys hand or put my arm around him anytime I feel like it. Its a very rare thing for a marriage to last as long as ours (38 years so far), and one reason is our affection for one another. We celebrate it, if you dont, too bad for you.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Oct 19, 10:10 a.m.

    oops, cut/paste error...Treaty of Tripoli was 1796.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Oct 19, 10:08 a.m.

    KHawk, about your Founding Father misinformation, what proof do you have that Thomas Jefferson was “misquoted” when he told the Danbury Baptists "the 1st Amendment creates a wall of separation between church and state"?

    And while some founders may have been religious, they certainly knew that religion should stay out of government...and that this was not a Christian nation.

    For instance, the first word of 796 Treaty with Tripoli read, “As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion...“

    This was *UNANIMOUSLY* signed and ratified by the U. S. Senate on November 4, 1796 near the end of George Washington's 2nd term. President John Adams *signed* and *proclaimed* it on June 10, 1797.

    So, our forefathers clearly said the U.S. is “not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion”.

    Can you please stop trying to rewrite history now? Thanks. :-)

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Oct 19, 10:02 a.m.

    “Out of respect for everyone, can we simply have the decency to keep displays of affection in the private moving forward?” --KHawk

    No. I will not stop holding my sweetheart’s hand...I won’t stop holding her close...I won’t stop giving her a kiss every now and again in public...all because you (and the rest of your Puritan-like family) can’t handle it.

  • catchfinally Oct 19, 9:17 a.m.

    "Watch out the bible thumpers are on the loose!"
    Hahaha, and you want us to be tolerant of you? What a tool.

    "USA is considered a "Melting Pot," so remember religion is your perspective and has no grounds for arguement."
    That's right and also remember that a gay lifestyle is YOUR perspective and has no grounds for arguement. There is no scientific evidence to prove your lack of choice claim. I love these self-righteous hypocritical trolls.

  • KHawk Oct 18, 5:40 p.m.

    This made for media event happened so fast that one has to struggle to conclude that there was not some form of pre-planning in anticipation of exploiting any type of rise these attention seekers could get out of someone. Out of respect for everyone, can we simply have the decency to keep displays of affection in the private moving forward?

    Mr. or Ms. 2Pleez - fact check on the Founding Father Deist statement. 26 of the 57 were seminary graduates. Thomas Jefferson, your favorite church and state misquote, founded a church that worshiped in the Capital Building for 100 years. Want to learn more, check this link out:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlfEdJNn15E

  • delilahk2000 Oct 18, 4:51 p.m.

    WHERE ARE THE MODERATORS TODAY, WITH ALL THE NAME CALLING AND DEMEANING REMARKS MADE BY ONE POSTER? I GUESS IT IS OK FOR SOME AND THE ONES THAT STAY IN THE GUIDELINES THEIRS GET DELETED. THERE HAD TO BE MORE TO THIS SEEN THAT IS BEING TOLD........

  • rmwilliams Oct 18, 4:37 p.m.

    Why is this Breedlove chik complaining about violence when the security guard didn't do anything violent?

  • delilahk2000 Oct 18, 4:31 p.m.

    SOUNDS LIKE IT WAS PLANNED TO ME. OH DOLLAR SIGNS, WHAT A SHOCK. PEOPLE CROSS THE PICKET LINE AND SHOP.

  • dryjr Oct 18, 4:19 p.m.

    I agree this was a setup.Here's a thought. I don't care about your sexuallity as long as you don't constantly flaunt it or shove it my face for a reaction.

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