Activists drown out anti-gay protest at Center City clinic

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

CENTER CITY (WPVI) -- Hundreds of activists have gathered to drown out a small group of anti-gay protesters at a Philadelphia clinic that offers HIV testing.

The counter-protest outside the Mazzoni Center at 8th and Locust in Center City drew people with signs mocking those typically brandished by Westboro Baptist Church members.

The gay rights group's signs boasted slogans like "God Hates Warm Beer" and "God Hates Bad Signs."

A brass band played in the streets outside the Mazzoni Center for LGBT health as people crowded around the sidewalks outside in Philadelphia's gay neighborhood known as the Gayborhood.

The four Westboro protesters left after about 45 minutes with counter-protesters following after them.

The protests occurred just hours before the second day of the Democratic National Convention was set to begin.