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Binghamton Mayor Considering Rainbow Flag Request

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Binghamton Mayor Richard David says he’s evaluating a request to raise the “Rainbow Pride” flag outside City Hall next month.

For several years, David’s predecessor – Matthew Ryan – participated in a flag-raising ceremony in conjunction with “Pride Month” activities in Binghamton. The month includes events sponsored by the Binghamton Pride Coalition, which supports the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

Speaking on WNBF Radio’s Binghamton Now program Tuesday, David said he does not intend to raise the flag. He said he’s “not going to use the mayor’s office to get involved in state and national issues.”

The mayor said the organizers of the event have asked him to participate. Although he doesn’t plan to take part in a flag-raising, David said he’s “taking a look at” the request for the rainbow flag to fly at City Hall.

David said: “I’m evaluating the request.” He didn’t say when he expected to announce his decision and he declined to indicate whether he supports flying the flag at City Hall.

Former mayor Ryan said he decided to hold the flag-raising ceremony after members of the local gay community requested the event.

Ryan said most people appeared to have no problem with the decision, although he did receive an “occasional comment” from those who were against the move.

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