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Vancouver gays rally against Phelps’ clan

Hate group didn't show up to planned protest

Credit: Liz Hargreaves photo

Vancouver gays staged an anti-hate rally on Nov 28, to counter a planned protest by Fred Phelps and the homophobic Westboro Baptist Church — but the religious group never showed up.

Phelps’ clan threatened to picket the Nov 28 production of the Laramie Project, a play about the 1998 killing of a young gay man, Matthew Shepard.

Canada Border Services Agency would neither confirm nor deny whether Phelps’ clan was turned back at the border, citing privacy laws.

Two NDP MPs, Libby Davies and Bill Siksay, called for the group to be barred from entering Canada. Others, including the BC Civil Liberties Association and Little Sister’s bookstore owner Jim Deva, said that the group should be allowed in, so Canadians could challenge their ideas face-to-face.

Check out Xtra.ca’s video report below: