February 25, 2024
LGBTQ+ supporters rally at Enfield Town Hall over flag policy

ENFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) – A rally was held on Monday at Enfield Town Hall by LGBTQ+ supporters after the council voted to ban all non-governmental flags from flying on town properties.

The LGBTQ+ supporters rallied inside and outside the Enfield Town Hall saying the ban on all non-governmental flags including the pride flag felt like an attack.

“If it’s about being all-inclusive, then what about black history month Juneteenth or Cinco de Mayo, I could go on and on, pro-choice, pro-life, NRA, MAGA where does it stop? I don’t want to be the one to make that decision and possibly cost the taxpayer up and field millions of dollars on unneeded lawsuits,” Enfield Mayor Ken Nelson Jr. said.

The vote did not go along party lines but barely passed.

“All of a sudden the majority of the town council comes and this is their first priority, so it makes us as an organization wonder what’s going to come next?” Councilwoman Cynthia Mangini said.

The mayor says there was a lawsuit in Boston that went all the way to the Supreme Court over flag flying because if you fly one you have to fly them all.

“How does it make you feel to see the pride flag when it’s out there and you go by? As a gay male that has lived a life of nasty remarks in public buildings here in town, it’s heartwarming,” said Brandon Jewell, the president of PFLAG.

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