Jewish Group Pays Mexican Laborers to Picket Gay Pride Parade in New York

The men were supplementary troops, filling in for Orthodox students who avoided sighting the parade, a member of the group tells the New York Times.

A Jewish group hired protesters to picket the gay pride parade in New York on Sunday, the New York Times reported.

According to the report, the Jewish Political Action Committee paid Mexican laborers to wear fringed garments known as tzitzit and hold up anti-gay signs.

“Judaism prohibits homosexuality,” one sign, baring the organization's logo, read. "G-d created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve," read another.

The men were supplementary troops, filling in for Jewish students who would normally be called upon to demonstrate, Heshie Freed, a member of the Orthodox Jewish group based in Brooklyn, told the New York Times.

“The rabbis said that the yeshiva boys shouldn’t come out for this because of what they would see at the parade,” Freed said.

The protesters stood behind a barricade, fenced off by police at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 15th Street.

Parade-goers weren't shy in showing their disdain for the group. Some hurled open water-bottles at them, others kissed defiantly in front of them. Late in the afternoon, a fight broke out between parade-goers and the group.