I had the honor and pleasure of tending bar at the starting point of the Southern Decadence parade a few years back, so it makes me very happy to see this:
A fundamentalist pastor who led a protest march through last year's Southern Decadence has been banned from going near this year's festival. Southern Decadence is the largest gay event in the South and runs until September 6.
Reverend Grant Storms led a group of church members down Bourbon Street attempting to disrupt crowds. (story) When he was refused entry into a gay bar where he wanted to protest Storms charged the doorman with assault. The charge was later thrown out of court.
Today, Civil District Judge Michael Bagneris granted an area business group a restraining order against Storms to prevent him from disrupting this year's party.
Storms and his followers will be allowed to hold signs denouncing homosexuality but are barred from using megaphones, bullhorns or other noisemakers.