Slushie thrown on anti-gay demonstrator


GRANDVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — As a 24 Hour News 8 camera was rolling, a woman dumped a slushie on a demonstrator holding an anti-gay sign.

It happened Mother’s Day afternoon at the intersection of 44th Street and Ivanrest Avenue SW in Grandville.

Sunday, 24 Hour News 8 received a photo of a woman at that intersection holding a sign that read “Thank your mom today for not being gay.” 24 Hour News 8 was also sent a photo of a man holding a sign that said “Thank your mom if you’re not a bigot! ‘Judge not…’”

Two people hold opposing signs and stand near the street on 44th Street at Ivanrest Avenue SW in Grandville. (Courtesy Matt Culver via ReportIt - May 11, 2014)
(Courtesy Matt Culver via ReportIt – May 11, 2014)

A 24 Hour News 8 photojournalist was sent to the area to get video of both signs. As the photojournalist began to interview Christine Weick, the woman holding the anti-gay sign, another woman dumped a slushie on her.

Inside woodtv.com: Photos of slushie being thrown on demonstrator

The two women then engaged in a confrontation. Slushie-thrower Jessica Prince using profanity and rude gestures.

Weick held up a can of pepper spray, warning Prince, “Take a step towards me, you’re gonna get it.” Weick said the slushie-throwing was illegal and that she would spray Prince if she felt attacked.

The two argued for a short time.

“Can you leave the slushie part out? I don’t want to go to jail,” Prince asked 24 Hour News 8 before she left the scene.

Grandville police arrived after that. Weick had called them before the slushie incident because she said a teen who disagreed with her was making her uncomfortable.

Weick told officers she wanted to press charges against Prince. It’s not yet clear whether that will happen.

Officers circled back around multiple times during the day to make sure things were remaining peaceful.

She remained standing along the road after the incident.

“Truth is hate to those that hate the truth, and this is the truth,” Weick told 24 Hour News 8 “They don’t like it and they label me a hater, and it isn’t that at all. I love them enough to tell them they are on the wrong path.”

Zach Hoag later joined Weick, carrying a pro-gay sign taht read “But two moms can be fabulous!”

“Love one another. I think that two moms or two dads can love and nurture a child just the exact same way a mother and father could,” he said.

Two people hold opposing signs and stand near the street on 44th Street at Ivanrest Avenue SW in Grandville. (May 11, 2014)
(WOOD TV8 – May 11, 2014)

Later, another man showed up with a sign that read “F*** her” and “I disagree,” as well as a woman holding a sign that read “I [heart symbol] gays.”

Many drivers showed honked in response to the signs, and some voiced their concerns directly to Weick.

“I’m gay and I have children,” one woman shouted at her from a car window. “I think you’re sick.”

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