Reaction from pro-gay advocates was swift.
An online petition to demand his recall had more than 23,000 signers by Sunday afternoon (the entire population of Dixon was less than 19,000 in the 2010 Census). A Facebook page demanding a similar result was also created and had more than 1,700 subscribers and a similar number of “Likes” by then.
The Facebook page’s organizers plan a protest at the Dixon City Council meeting on Tuesday, and by Sunday afternoon almost 200 people had said they were going and over 500 more were “Interested.”
In retaliation, the founder of the local Love Is Love Movement chapter that it is planning the town’s first gay-pride parade for July 28.
“It hurts my heart to know that this man was my neighbor during my childhood [and] that he now thinks that I am less of a human,” Beverly Kearney told TV station KCRA, the NBC affiliate for Sacramento.
Rick Zbur, executive director of Equality California, said “Mr. Hickman’s words have no place in our society … Mr. Hickman should resign immediately.”
Dixon Mayor Thom Bogue told KCRA Channel 3 that he is aware of the “outcry for a recall,” but “I seriously doubt a recall effort coming into play” since Mr. Hickman will be up for re-election in November.