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Pride flag on Lansing state office building prompts a bill to ban them

July 26, 2019, 1:30 PM

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is the first chief executive in Michigan to fly the rainbow pride flag from a state building. Predictably, a West Michigan lawmaker takes issue. 

Pride on display in Detroit in June.

The Free Press reports

State Rep. Lynn Afendoulis, R-Grand Rapids, introduced a bill Thursday that would allow only the Michigan and United States flags to be flown on state office buildings, saying it's inappropriate to promote social policy, even in the form of a flag, on state office buildings.

“We shouldn’t be playing identity politics with the people’s property,” Afendoulis said in a statement. “It isn’t right.”

Whitmer was quick to respond, retweeting a post from a Detroit Free Press reporter with the addition: "My veto pen is ready."

Twitter has been the battleground for this issue, Kathy Gray reports. Pushback followed Whitmer's initial pride posting in June, when two rainbow-striped flags were flown from the Romney office building in Lansing. 

Read more:  Detroit Free Press

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