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Rye city officials approve measure to raise Pride flag at City Hall, Rye Recreation Park in June

The city decided Wednesday night to raise a rainbow flag at City Hall and at Rye Recreation Park every June going forward.

News 12 Staff

May 6, 2021, 2:28 AM

Updated 1,138 days ago

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LGBTQ flags will be raised in Rye in just a few weeks for Pride Month.
The city decided Wednesday night to raise a rainbow flag at City Hall and at Rye Recreation Park every June going forward.
People say this should have been decided long ago, but the city was worried which flags could be next.
Rye officials said while they agreed on the principle of raising a Pride flag, they couldn't just greenlight it.
"One who is a city fiduciary might need to discharge that responsibility at the same time as he remains an ally," says Rye Mayor Josh Cohn.
As News 12 has reported, this comes after a yearlong debate on how to write the resolution without setting a precedent for future flags that may be controversial.
The mayor introduced a resolution Wednesday night that says the city must approve all flags on city poles.
The high school students who spearheaded this movement say they don't think it was an appropriate comparison.
"I think that they are well aware that it is up to their own discretion what flags they want to raise," says Hannah Lutz, co-officer of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance.
Some first amendment scholars might disagree with Lutz, but she and her friends are celebrating this big win.
In just about four weeks, there will be a rainbow flag raised there for the very first time.


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