Augusta To Consider A New Flag Policy
Augusta City Councilors will discuss a policy on what flags, other than the traditional options, can be flown on city flag poles and property. Since June is Pride Month, the Augusta City Council is also looking at showing support for the LGBTQ community with some sort of proclamation. According to centralmaine.com, there is a potential legal concern over showing support with the pride flag.
In the next town over, Hallowell had Pride flags lining the downtown, a colorful crosswalk with the colors of the more inclusive flag, and a rather large color sculpture near Vaughan Field.
In Augusta, they do not have a policy on flying flags other than traditional choices like the US and state flags. Flying the Pride flag could set up a situation where different groups would want to fly a flag and could have legal consequences in the future. Augusta is being proactive and starting to look at a policy so that a flag can be flown in the future.
June is Pride Month, but it was only a few years ago I learned why. It had to do with the Stonewall Riots in New York City on June 28, 1969. If you don't know the history, check it out.
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