LGBT rainbow flag flown at Pennsylvania city hall after mayor's initial opposition | 7/24/2019 | Staff
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An LGBT rainbow flag was flown in front of city hall in Reading, Pennsylvania, on Monday after the town’s Democrat mayor received national criticism last week when he put plans to fly the flag on hold.

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WFMZ-TV reports that the pride flag was erected around 12 p.m. Monday in the eastern Pennsylvania city after Mayor Wally Scott reversed his initial decision to halt the planned flag-raising over concerns the flag represented a political movement.

The request to fly the flag next to the United States and Pennsylvania flags in front of city hall was made by Reading Pride Celebration and the LGBT Center of Greater Reading.

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In a video recording published Saturday, Scott pushed back against the national media for claiming that he refused to allow the LGBT flag to fly. He explained that he only put the flag-raising on “hold” after it appeared the flag ceremony got the go-ahead without his approval.

But after Scott’s decision last week, the LGBT Center of Greater Reading accused the mayor of “blatant, unacceptable discrimination.”

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In his video recording, Scott assured that he has turned down several requests to fly flags representing political movements during his time in office, including requests to fly the confederate flag and even a 4-20 marijuana flag.

“I am just thinking that it was one of the things that just went through the system. But not the proper way,” Scott explained in the video. “We had to take a little bit more time and take a look at what is coming through…”

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But after meeting with one female resident who said she felt as if she were a man last week, Scott said that he realized that the flag wasn’t just about a movement but about people.

“I sat down with her and she told...
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