South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley
South Carolina Governor Nikki HaleyReuters

Hecklers booed and verbally attacked US Ambassador to the United Nations and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and her son in New York City on Sunday during the city’s annual gay pride parade.

The incident occurred while the ambassador and her son were leaving a restaurant where they had eaten lunch.

As they were finishing their meal and leaving, other patrons began verbally abusing Haley and her son and booing them.

Haley described the incident in a tweet Monday morning.

“We,incl my son, were booed by patrons saying hateful things as we left lunch @ Pride Parade.Our country is better than this. #HateNeverWins.”

The ambassador did not name the restaurant where the incident occurred, nor did she elaborate as to the nature of the jeers, though given the timing, it may have been related to Haley’s support for traditional families and the definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman.

As governor, Haley defended her state’s constitutional ban on recognizing same-sex marriages.