Flags fly for Pride Month on state office building for first time

Image from TONS 6-15-2019

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Pride flags are flying on the state office building in Lansing for the first time in Michigan’s history.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered that starting Saturday, two of the iconic rainbow flags will fly on the George W. Romney Building to help celebrate June as Pride Month in Michigan.

The flying of the flags comes after Whitmer signed a proclamation designating June as Pride Month to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising in New York City. A police raid on a gay bar called the Stonewall Inn triggered a series of riots and sparked the nascent LGBT movement in the country and around the world.

In a news release, Whitmer said celebrating Pride Month helps ensure that members of Michigan’s LGBTQ community “are treated with the respect they deserve.”

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  • steve

    Disgusting. Wonder if her lesbian attorney general will think it’s okay when somebody demands to fly a flag with a swastika or a flag promoting the KKK. Regardless of intent, the LGBT flag shouldn’t be on the building. The only flags that belong there are the Stars and Stripes or the state flag, period.

  • C

    By allowing this flag on a public building, the state’s government is not merely accepting an aberrant lifestyle, it’s endorsing it. If a legitimate survey were taken statewide, there’s no way that the population would approve of this. But, when a liberal like Gretchen Whitmer is Governor and Dana Nessel is Attorney General, that preference is insignificant.

  • Kevin Rahe

    It IS unjust to refuse to seat a same-gender couple in a restaurant. It is NOT unjust to refuse to cooperate in the promotion of a same-gender union as a good thing, such as by baking a cake or arranging flowers specifically for the occasion. It IS unjust to refuse to make a birthday cake for someone in a same-gender relationship. It is NOT unjust to refuse to affirm that someone’s healthy and whole body is a curse instead of a blessing, even if that’s the way they feel about it themselves. It is NOT unjust to refuse to place a child in a situation where it would be impossible for himself or herself to find themselves naturally. The biggest problem with flying a rainbow flag on a state building is that it is not at all clear what those who decided to do so actually mean by it.

  • steve

    According to one the organizers of this extravaganza, the crowd was estimated to have been “at least 12,000” people. 12,000? That’s the equivalent of a capacity crowd in the Van Andel Arena plus 1,000 people outside on the sidewalk trying to get in. That’s either impaired vision, impaired thinking, or both.

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