Neighbors Allege Couple Who Pointed Guns at Protestors Sought to Keep Gays Out of Gated Community

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Tuesday July 14, 2020

Armed homeowners standing in front their house along Portland Place confront protesters marching to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's house Sunday, June 28, 2020, in the Central West End of St. Louis
Armed homeowners standing in front their house along Portland Place confront protesters marching to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's house Sunday, June 28, 2020, in the Central West End of St. Louis  (Source:Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

The couple who gained overnight infamy for pointing weapons at protestors who were passing by their home in a St. Louis, Missouri, gated community tried to ban gay couples from moving into their neighborhood, according to allegations made by other residents of the community, reports the St. Louis Dispatch.

The couple, Mark and Patricia McCloskey, have become right-wing icons of sorts after they brandished weapons at a group of protestors who were walking past their mansion en route to the home of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson last month.

The St. Louis Dispatch detailed the McCloskeys' long history of civil actions, including suits claiming ownership of land that the gated community claims is common property. Mr. McCloskey admitted to having once pointed a gun at a neighbor for walking across the contested property.

Among the couple's many instances of filing suit was one intended to disallow unmarried couples from moving into the neighborhood - an action that neighbors alleged was driven by anti-LGBTQ animus, the article said.

Mrs. McCloskey was a trustee of the neighborhood at the time; the St. Louis Dispatch article noted that "The trustees voted to impeach Patricia McCloskey... accusing her of being anti-gay."

Mr. McCloskey denied an anti-LGBTQ motive, saying, "Certain people on Portland Place, for political reasons, wanted to make it a gay issue."

The McCloskeys grabbed their guns on June 28 as the protest against Mayor Krewson came into their neighborhood. The couple claimed they witnessed a "mob" of people destroying a gate to gain entrance to their community, but CBS News reported that video footage captured during the protestors' entrance into the community clearly shows the gate was undamaged at the time.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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