Gay couple, their children verbally abused by California Amtrak passenger on trip to Bay Area
The couple were hours away from an Amtrak train trip from Los Angeles to the Bay Area, when suddenly another passenger approached the couple and started yelling at their children.
“The first thing he said was, ‘Remember what I told you. Marriage is between a man and a woman, and these people stole you. They’re not your parents, they’re pedophiles,” Pierce said.
The couple say they are both shocked and horrified.
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Pierce’s husband, Neal Broverman, immediately stood up to separate the enraged man from his children.
“When you’re a parent and your family or your kids feel threatened, or you feel like they’re being threatened, you get a little fearless,” Broverman said.
Unsure if the man had some type of weapon, Pierce says he took his children to another train car.
The children, he said, were visibly shaken.
“They were both sobbing. Just tears on their faces. And my son was kind of freezing. My daughter was screaming, ‘Why is this happening? ‘” Pierce said.
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When the train stopped in San Jose, Amtrak employees told the unidentified man he had to leave.
A request he refused, until Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Deputies were called in for help.
“He had shouted, ‘I’m going to die before I get off this train. You’ll have to kill me to get me out of here,” Pierce said.
The couple say that while this is not the first time they have been discriminated against in public, this case was the most extreme.
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“These kids have been through so much trauma already. Like they’ve been through the foster system,” Pierce said.
But despite the attack, the couple say they are determined to continue their normal lives. Speak up for those who can’t always speak for themselves.
“They want us to be scared. And so, scary as it sounds, we can’t let that win. We’re just not going to let them drive us out of public discourse,” Pierce said.
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