Vietnamese Christian and Buddhist leaders say it is inappropriate for homosexuals to participate in Little Saigon's Lunar New Year celebration.
WESTMINSTER - Local Vietnamese religious groups are lashing out against Vietnamese gay and lesbian groups that will march down Bolsa Avenue during Saturday's Tet parade for the first time.
Several gay groups from San Jose and Los Angeles registered to participate in this year's parade in Little Saigon, organized by the city of Westminster. Group members said they are marching in the Tet parade to gain acceptance from their own community and educate the Orange County Vietnamese community about gay rights issues.
However, several Vietnamese religious organizations, including the Vietnamese Interfaith Council of America that comprises Christian and Buddhist religious leaders, have expressed their opposition to the gay groups' participation in the parade.
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