The Voice of Orange County reports:
Huntington Beach leaders were met with a mix of boos and cheers on Tuesday night as they axed plans to fly the Pride flag this coming June over city hall with a new policy that only allows government flags at city hall.
The council voted 6-0 to fly the Pride flag during June back in 2021, joining a growing number of other cities like Santa Ana and Irvine that have started using the flag to recognize Pride Month.
Republican Councilman Pat Burns [photo], who sponsored the debate, said the city should stick to the practice of only flying the city, state and national flags, along with occasionally flying the county flag and flags supporting prisoners of war and each branch of the military.
The Los Angeles Times reports:
Connie Boardman, who served on the Huntington Beach City Council for eight years and was mayor twice, was one of dozens who spoke against the pride flag measure.
Boardman noted that the item would prevent the city from flying the Olympic flag; Huntington Beach hopes to host the surfing competition when the Olympics come to Los Angeles in 2028.
“The Olympics stress diversity and inclusion,” Boardman said. “This item is the opposite of that.” One woman, who declined to give her name but said she was a Christian, called the pride flag divisive. “Only if you’re homophobic,” a woman in the crowd yelled back.
The city’s pride flag was last in the news here on JMG in June 2022 when freak show OAN host Alison Steinberg posted a screaming meltdown that went viral. Huntington Beach, population 200,000, is about 30 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
BREAKING: Huntington Beach bans the flying of any flags — including the pride flag — that aren’t official government flags or flags for the armed forces. https://t.co/FGIeJ7TRGI
— Voice of OC (@VoiceofOC) February 8, 2023
OAN Contributor Alison Steinberg is raging after returning home to Huntington Beach to find the city flying a Pride flag. (Language) pic.twitter.com/fk5rTg88hF
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) June 26, 2022
I strongly disagree with the Huntington Beach City Council’s cowardly decision to remove the pride flag from City Hall.
In a time of increasing attacks against the LGBT community, we can and must do more to support them.
— Harley Rouda (@HarleyRouda) February 8, 2023