Gay-rights group calls off job action |

Gay-rights group calls off job action

The organizers of a planned job action in support of gay rights have called off the Wednesday event, saying they scrapped it after businesses became worried that it would hurt their sales that day.

As part of the job action, the organizers had wanted people to not spend money and not go to work. Mark Worthen, an organizer of what had been dubbed Day Without a Gay, said he is encouraging people to sign an online petition instead.

In an Internet posting announcing the cancellation, the organizers said they would like supporters to perform service work on Wednesday. In the online statement Worthen said he appreciates the opinions of the businesses.

"We listened to the arguments of business owners and others that taking any action that could hurt the local economy is not wise during what might be the worst recession since World War II. We came to agree with that position and we thank the individuals who communicated with us in a thoughtful and respectful manner," he said in the statement.

A Dec. 20 candlelight vigil on Main Street is still planned.

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