Santa Fe makes history with city hall Pride flag

Created: 06/27/2014 5:48 PM
By: Kai Porter, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It was the first time a Pride Flag has flown over any city hall in the state of New Mexico.

About 50 people gathered outside city hall in Santa Fe Friday morning for a flag raising ceremony led by Mayor Javier M. Gonzales. The flag was only up for the day and kicked off gay pride weekend in Santa Fe.

“Everyone should be able to live without fear of prejudice, discrimination, violence or hatred based on gender identity or sexual orientation. We are a community that celebrates a culture of inclusiveness and acceptance,” said Gonzales. “I’m proud that Santa Fe has been a leader on policies to prevent discrimination on sexual orientation and marriage equality.”

Gonzales is Santa Fe’s first openly gay mayor.

“I feel incredibly proud about it,” he said. “I also feel a sense of obligation to make sure, as leader of this city, that I do everything I can to make sure we promote equality and we promote pride in our community"

Santa Fe residents, we spoke to loved the idea. One resident said she wouldn’t mind if the flag stayed up year round.

"I think every month should be Pride month and I don't think Santa Fe should be leading the way. I think we should all already be there,” said Cheryl Glenn. “I'm really proud of Santa Fe."

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