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Supporter of Bradley Manning -- the gay army specialist accused of treason -- packed a public meeting Friday night (May 31, 2013), demanding that the organizers of San Francisco Pride change their minds and name him the grand marshal of Pride Weekend. After consideration, pride officials declared that Manning would not receive any honors.
A contentious debate at SF Pride has ended with a final decision: There will be no honors for accused WikiLeaks leaker Bradley Manning, according to reports.
Manning -- a U.S. Army private who is accused of leaking secret cables, and who also happens to be gay -- was to be a grand marshal in San Francisco's annual Pride Parade, according to some members of the organization.
But other Pride officials were opposed to honoring Manning, and a fight ensued, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Meetings were held and opinions were proffered. After the initial April announcement that Manning would receive the honor -- which he cannot accept, as he is in federal custody awaiting trial -- Pride put out a statement saying that because he is not local, Manning will not receive an honor, the newspaper reported.
Another grand marshal, San Francisco homeless czar Bevan Dufty, also declined his own grand marshal honor.