"We do respect them," said parade organizer Neil Nguyen. "But that type of life is not accepted yet in our culture. Our culture is based on family values, men and women, husband and wife, God and people."
"We don't want the public to think that we support that way of life," said Nguyen, president of the Vietnamese American Federation of Southern California, the group helping put on the parade.
LGBT members and their supporters said there's more support for their inclusion than for their exclusion.
A call-in radio program Tuesday night on Viet Star Radio is just one indication of support in the general community, said LGBT organizer Natalie Newton. "This was at 11 p.m. at night. And these people were calling in upset because they are not allowing us in the parade," Newton said.
Officially, the organizing committee has not taken a vote to accept or deny the application to avoid having any one group from pulling out. But the committee has not accepted their application.