Most municipalities in Marin County have agreed to fly the LGBTQ flag this month for Satisfaction Month, however some officers are involved about setting troublesome precedents.
San Rafael Metropolis Corridor and the Marin County Civic Middle have raised the flag for a number of years now, however different native jurisdictions only recently obtained a request for the symbolic assist. The councils in Corte Madera, Novato, Larkspur, Sausalito and Tiburon authorised hoisting the rainbow banner on municipal flagpoles.
Corte Madera, Novato, Tiburon and Larkspur additionally up to date their flag insurance policies to require councils to approve or deny requests to fly a selected commemorative flag.
Larkspur, nonetheless, was extra hesitant than most councils. It voted 4-1 to defer each the flag coverage and delight flag choices at its assembly final month however in the end handed each unanimously at its assembly on Wednesday.
Councilman Scot Candell stated he’s in favor of flying the delight flag, however passing a coverage that will permit the council to find out whether or not it ought to fly a selected flag on a city-owned flag pole is a “slippery slope.”
“Possibly it’s a pro-Palestinian factor, or a pro-Israeli factor,” Candell stated on the assembly on Could 25. “I imply, there’s simply there’s simply so many variations that would put us as a council in a really awkward place of principally voting on group values.”
The request to fly the delight flag originated from Dana Van Gorder, government director of the Spahr Middle, a Corte Madera nonprofit serving the LGBTQ group. Van Gorder, in a letter asking for the assist, stated younger individuals who establish as LGBTQ are combating discrimination, rejection and suicidal ideas.
Addressing Candell’s remark, Van Gorder stated that in a survey of greater than 250 individuals who establish as LGBTQ, a majority of individuals stated Marin seems like a “don’t ask, don’t inform” surroundings.
“There was minimal stage of assist and actually sort of the same want to what I’m listening to from councilmember Candell, that we simply sort of go away as a result of we’re creating an issue,” he stated. “We resolved ourselves to attempt to make it clear that key establishments on this county do, in actual fact, assist our group simply as they assist the complete range of our group, whether or not it’s for the Latinx group or the African American group.”
Metropolis Lawyer Sky Woodruff stated the flag coverage replace is simple.
“It’s fairly customary for a lot of these insurance policies that any flying of a commemorative flag by town is an expression of the Metropolis Council speech,” he stated.
Through the assembly on Wednesday, most callers who addressed the subject supported the request.
“Flying the flag is a strong method to have fun the contributions of LGBTQ+ folks to the social and financial cloth of Marin County,” stated Sally Relova, a Corte Madera resident.
San Rafael resident Bobby Moske agreed. He stated it’s unfair to match the request to fly the delight flag to potential requests to fly Black Lives Matter, pro-Israeli or pro-Palestinian flags.
“It’s not likely legit as a result of LGBTQ is a group. It’s not a trigger. It’s not a motion,” Moske stated. “It represents human dignity and equality for all peoples.”
Larkspur resident James Holmes, nonetheless, stated town mustn’t fly the delight flag at Metropolis Corridor or replace its flag coverage. He stated there isn’t any native demand and the Spahr Middle is attempting to make the suburban metropolis extra like San Francisco.
“Displaying the flag would even be an anachronism, which might conflict with the character of our historic construction,” Holmes stated. “And, considerably, seeing this flag at Metropolis Corridor may shock and disquiet many individuals because of the flag’s distinctive twin significance as a logo of not solely civil rights however of hedonism.”
Corte Madera resident Jana Barkin, who stated her son is transgender, responded to Holmes’ remark.
“It makes me actually unhappy, and is strictly why we have to fly the flag, after we hear sure feedback calling a traditional variation of being human hedonistic,” Barkin stated.
In Tiburon, the City Council handed a flag coverage with a 4-1 vote and authorised the LGBTQ flag request unanimously. Councilwoman Alice Fredericks forged the dissenting vote on the flag coverage, citing potential First Modification points.
“Our previous follow has been to maintain flag poles for presidency flags,” Fredericks stated. “Partially, that’s as a result of we don’t wish to get into the dialog whether or not a selected place or show is suitable. … It will be higher suited to choose a public place for these sorts of causes and positions.”
Mayor Holli Their disagreed. She stated it’s not a matter of free speech, however fairly a civil rights concern.
Vice Mayor Jon Welner requested: “If this have been a proposal that had come by means of our range committee, would we be it in a different way?”
“We’re supportive of a Juneteenth celebration, we’re speaking about learn how to be inclusive,” he stated. “All of us unanimously supported a decision in favor of range, inclusion and anti-racism and anti-hate, and to me, that is simply an extension.”
“I don’t view it as a political concern in any respect,” he stated. “I believe it’s a civil rights concern and I’m simply actually supportive of it.”
The Mill Valley Metropolis Council will take into account a request to proclaim June as Satisfaction Month at its meeting on Wednesday. The San Anselmo Metropolis Council is ready to vote on its flag coverage and the request to fly the delight flag at its assembly on Thursday.