"Homosexuals, like any other citizen, are welcome in the city of Irvine. We just don't want homosexuality promoted in Irvine," Scott Peotter, president of the coalition, said in a news conference held outside Irvine City Hall.
In the wake of Measure N's passage, Irvine City Atty. Roger Grable said homosexuals with discrimination complaints will be referred to mediation services as before. However, if they are not satisfied with the results, they will have to rely on state instead of city law to enforce their rights. But Grable said test cases have yet to prove whether gays are covered by statewide legislation banning discrimination against them.
(Southland Edition) Mike Shea, left, and Scott Peotter of Irvine Values Coalition discuss acceptance of homosexuals in Irvine at news conference Monday. / KEN HIVELY / Los Angeles Times