Should Pride Flags Be Displayed on Government Property?
Here’s the Scoop
Two commissioners of a Detroit-area city have been booted from their positions after they reportedly defied a new law by raising a Pride flag on city property.
Hamtramck, Michigan — the only city in the United States with an all-Muslim city council and mayor — recently passed a law banning certain flags on city property.
Exceptions to this rule include the American flag, the state of Michigan flag, the city flag, a flag honoring American POWs, and “the nations’ flags that represent the international character of” Hamtramck.
Last weekend, two members of the Hamtramck Human Rights Commission allegedly defied the law.
The members, Russ Gordon and former Mayor Pro Tem Catrina Stackpoole, raised a so-called “progress flag” — a flag that looks suspiciously similar to a Pride flag — over a public sidewalk.
Then, Gordon and Stackpoole proceeded to hold a rally for “LGBTQ rights.”
Two days after the incident, the city council and mayor voted unanimously to oust the pair from their positions.
Additionally, they voted to strip the Human Rights Commission of the authority to raise any flags on public property.
“Disrespecting law and order — that’s the reason why there is a valid cause for removing them from this commission,” said Mayor Amer Ghalib.
“The purpose and the mission of this commission is to bring people together.”
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