A dozen people typically attend council meetings in Dixon, a small town 30 minutes outside Sacramento. On Tuesday night, some 300 people showed up to speak out against a city official’s newspaper column that celebrated “straight pride" and disparaged LGBTQ people. Councilmember Ted Hickman spoke publicly for the first time on Tuesday about his article in a local Dixon paper. He stopped short of apologizing. Pastor Catharine Morris from Dixon UMC was first to speak out against Hickman at Tuesday night’s meeting. “[He] employed demeaning and denigrating language and rhetoric, and did so in a way that was unbecoming of an elected official,” she said. (Read more, and listen to NPR report) To read Pastor Morris' statement, click here.