California City Measure Sparks Criticism

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( – In California, voters in Huntington Beach have greenlit a measure that would limit the ability of non-government flags to fly on any city property. This has resulted in LGBTQ advocates heavily criticizing the decision. 

Huntington Beach City Councilman Pat Burns introduced Measure B, which ended up having the support of over half of the voters in the city. This is one of the measures that voters had the opportunity to cast their ballots for on Super Tuesday. The measure is going to block all non-U.S. flags, including the Confederate, breast cancer awareness, and Pride flags, from being flown on city property. In an interview, Burns revealed to Fox News Digital that this measure was not supposed to discriminate against any one group but that instead it was meant to help residents unite under their identity as Americans. 

The majority of the criticism about this measure has come from LGBTQ advocates. 

On Friday, March 8, Burns had argued that he was against all types of identity politics and that he found the flag “demeaning” to the LGBTQ community. He said that he knows that they support the flag, but that in his mind it was demeaning that they thought a special recognition was necessary in order for them to feel they belong in a community. He expressed his belief that people were equal and that these types of things that were “divisive.”

In the last two years, the city has always flown the rainbow flag during Pride month. According to Fox News, advocates like LGBTQ Center Orange County executive director Peg Coley slammed the measure. Coley said in a statement that Huntington Beach is “run by a hateful majority” bent on promoting “intolerance.”

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