The following comes from a June 19 story in the Napa Valley Register.
Local gay rights advocates planning to participate in Napa’s annual Fourth of July festivities were dismayed to learn that this year’s parade grand marshal is none other than Meritage Resort and Spa founder Tim Busch, an Orange County businessman and conservative Catholic who has actively campaigned against gay marriage.
“I have no issues with (Busch) being in the parade,” Deb Stallings, a Napa resident and leader in the local gay community, said Wednesday. “It’s absolutely true that the parade should reflect all walks of life. But being the grand marshal is a different honor. You award that to someone who brings people together, not someone who is so incredibly divisive.”
The Napa Sunrise Rotary’s grand marshal choice has so outraged the local gay community that Stallings started a Change.org petition asking the club to change its decision. As of Thursday afternoon, the two-day-old online petition had more than 170 signatures.
Calls to Busch and Sunrise Rotary President John Cordeiro seeking comment were not returned Thursday.
Since 2009, when the Napa Sunrise Rotary Club began sponsoring the parade, the club has honored a citizen by making them grand marshal. According to parade organizer Doris Gentry, Sunrise Rotary chooses a grand marshal who has made significant contributions to Napa.
“We choose people who are the backbone of Napa,” Gentry said Wednesday. “It’s the people who have invested their time and money and love and passion in this community – people who have a belief in the future of Napa. That’s what Tim Busch has done.”
Gentry said that the club made the decision to honor Busch because of his extensive investment in the Meritage Hotel & Spa in south Napa.
“People were laughing at him when he bought that land in the industrial part of town – in an area everyone said was the ugliest part of Napa,” she said. “And yet, here’s a guy who had vision and gumption and belief in our community. A guy who thought ‘I can take this ugly piece of land and make it a world-class resort that people will come to from all over the planet’. How can that guy not be the person you want to celebrate and trumpet in this community?”
Though heavily involved in dealings with the Meritage, Busch and his wife, Steph – who is co-grand marshal of this year’s parade – do not reside in Napa County. The couple lives in Southern California. But, according to Gentry, Busch’s son lives locally, and the family’s investment in Napa is well-documented.
Busch’s stances on issues like gay marriage and women’s reproductive rights are highly publicized. In 2008, Busch reportedly donated $10,000 to a campaign aimed at upholding Proposition 8, the California law banning same-sex marriage that was struck down by a federal court in June 2013. Busch also refused to allow a National Abortion Rights Activism conference to be held at the Meritage hotel in January 2008.
In another twist, the local advocacy group Napa Valley LGBTQ Pride had previously booked an LGBTQ event at the Meritage for later in July. Gentry called the group’s efforts hypocritical, in light of its own actions.
But Stallings said Wednesday that the group had not realized the hotel’s connection to Busch until recently and had changed the location of its event….
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The sodomites scream “divisive” whenever someone doesn’t embrace their Satanic perversions. In their view, a truly “inclusive” society will come to be only when everyone is a sodomite.
Sounds just like the Demoncrats, Republicrats, Moslems, etc. etc. ad nausam doesn’t it!
DISOBEDIENCE IS THE ROOT OF ALL OF THE CHURCH’S PROBLEMS!
May God have mercy on an amoral Amerika and His Church!
Viva Cristo Rey!
Yours in Their Hearts,
Kenneth M. Fisher, Founding Director
Concerned Roman Catholics of America, Inc
“juergensen” is correct: Homofascists are ruining America. They certainly have First Amendment rights, but they are always raised in a negative way, demanding that whatever the occasion, people be forced to have their noses rubbed in the goings on of homosexual sexual activities. Homosexual sexual couplings are not normal, and will never be normal. Mr. Busch has earned his spot as Grand Marshal. Homosexual sexualists and Homofascists should be given a small space within which to raise their wretched rainbow banner and scream away. Everyone Love Me!! Everyone Admire Me!! This protest is an absolute pathetic attempt to validate the homosexualist agenda, and is not a protest against Mr. Busch. Give it a rest, LBGT people.
Napa Rotary — please do not cave! The Gays are never happy unless it is “their way, every time”. It is a one way free speech, one way tolerance.
If only there were more Busch’s!–so all gay pride parades would be cancelled…..On another note…..I can avoid “gay pride” parades easily enough…..but when they show-up in our local home-spun “family” parades–I’m outraged–I don’t want my children to be exposed to such disgusting displays. Where has the “rights” of the average “normal” citizen gone to? Why do we have to have “people who are so incredibly divisive” at our parades?
Lets See – the same “happy’ alliance that has put a physically violent male drag queen who punches girls as a ‘social justice’ pogrom – as a Marshall of the annual “CDC Spread Fest’ in Frisco
(where more treatment resistant STD’s and Debauched Misandrist Hate are vectored out to the world in a weekend than at a Jack Davis birthday Party https://www.nytimes.com/1997/05/10/us/political-party-goes-so-far-even-san-francisco-is-aghast.htm l)
Is Outraged (drawn from their in-exhaustible well of such) that a Target for their Hate because he stands up for a Rational, Reasonable, Logical, Fact Based, Intellectually & Morally Valid Defense of Marriage – is going to be a Marshal in another parade having nothing to do with their sick hatreds and vile perversions…
One does wonder – whether these mauists would be appeased if Busch first punched a High School Girl (or falsely claimed to be one himself) – or is it Just another public display of their Power to Punish and Intimidate – all who fail to Pander to their Hate?
Americans need desperately to be taught right from wrong, and to have a solid moral conscience! They also need desperately to know what is NORMAL and ACCEPTABLE in life– and what is DEFINITELY NOT NORMAL AND ACCEPTABLE!! Morality is NOT something you ” DISCUSS LOVINGLY AND NEGOTIATE, SO EVERYONE FEELS GOOD AND IS SATISFIED!!” Morality is always a big responsibility!! When you are growing up, that is what you have to learn to live by!! Or else, face consequences for your wrongful behavior, and pay for what you did wrong!! Busch has it right! All America should stand firmly, proudly, and unquestioningly, behind men like Mr. Busch! His moral position should NEVER be viewed as a “problem,” for immature and immoral liberal, filthy “hippies,” like the “LBGT” group!! Mr. Busch’s position should be fully taken for granted, as being “PERFECTLY NORMAL!!”
Jesus does not feel the way you people do. I will pray for all of you. You should be so ashamed. Let’s just play the hypothetical game….if being gay is a sin and immoral, is it worse than your sins? Is there a sin “scale” I’m unaware of? One thing I do know is we should love each other even our enemies and IT IS a sin to judge others. I am so saddened that any of you with such evil inside of you live in my beautiful hometown.