MADISON, Wis. (Internet) — Flying a homosexual satisfaction rainbow flag over the Wisconsin state Capitol for the primary time Friday drew backlash from a conservative Republican lawmaker who mentioned it was divisive.
The flag flap erupted after Democratic Gov. Tony Evers ordered the elevating of the flag to acknowledge June as “Pride Month.” The transfer drew a quick rebuke from state Rep. Scott Allen, who tweeted , “Is this any more appropriate than erecting the Christian flag over the Capitol?”
Allen, in a follow-up message to The Internet, mentioned the rainbow flag “advocates a behavior or lifestyle that some Wisconsin residents may not condone. Therefore, it is divisive.”
Democrats praised the elevating of the flag, together with Democratic state Sen. Tim Carpenter, one in every of 5 overtly homosexual state lawmakers.
“This is a very welcoming sign to many of us and it signifies a new direction for Wisconsin,” Carpenter mentioned in a press release thanking Evers. “We are showing that we are a welcoming and inclusive state and that means a great deal.”
Evers, who defeated conservative Gov. Scott Walker in November, mentioned in an govt order that the rainbow flag has turn out to be an vital image for the LGBTQ neighborhood and publicly displaying it “sends a clear an unequivocal message” that in Wisconsin “everyone can live without fear of prosecution, judgment, or discrimination.”
The flag was to be raised Friday afternoon and fly over the east wing of the Capitol the place the governor’s workplace is positioned. Evers additionally authorizes different state authorities buildings and any jurisdiction of the state to fly the flag in June.
The U.S. flag, the state of Wisconsin flag and a flag recognizing prisoners of warfare usually fly over the state Capitol. The transfer comes after Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway, the town’s first overtly homosexual mayor, raised a rainbow satisfaction flag over the constructing that homes metropolis workplaces — throughout the road from the Capitol — earlier this week.
The rainbow flag has been a preferred image of homosexual rights for the reason that late 1970s and has been utilized in varied kinds at homosexual satisfaction occasions for years.
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