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Decadence is a dirty word

Mayor Joey Durel didn’t like the “decadent” homos coming into Lafayette after Katrina.

In Lafayette, Louisiana, anyway. Wingnuts rise to keep gay revelers from marching in “Southern Decadence” after it had to move from New Orleans.

Pro-family forces in Lafayette, Louisiana, are celebrating a victory. Homosexuals who had scheduled their annual “Southern Decadence” event in New Orleans last week were forced to look for another venue when Hurricane Katrina struck the city.

Lafayette — about 130 miles west of New Orleans — was to be the scene of an unofficial Southern Decadence celebration on Wednesday. But Danny Dardeau, manager of the American Family Radio station in Lafayette, says Christians in the area went to work.

He says after hundreds of phone calls to the mayor’s office and many prayers, Mayor Joey Durel refused to issue a parade permit to the homosexual activists, who had asked that permit restrictions be loosened to allow the hurricane evacuees a sense of normalcy. The mayor’s reaction? “I don’t consider anything that’s got the word ‘decadence’ in it to be normalcy,” Durel told The Daily Advertiser. “If they want to have some semblance of normalcy, I would expect them to respect the normalcy of the community of Lafayette.” According to AFR’s Dardeau, the so-called “celebration” ended up being nothing more than about a dozen participants “walking from one bar to another.”

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