The Muslim mayor of Hamtramck, Michigan, is refusing to back down in the face of criticism from LGBT advocates who are angry that his city banned the display of ‘Pride’ flags on public buildings.
TheBlaze In June, the Hamtramck city council — believed to the first all-Muslim city council in the country — unanimously voted to prohibit the display of “religious, ethnic, racial, political or sexual orientation group flags” on public property, leading to criticism from LGBT advocates.
Over the weekend, the Washington Post gave that criticism new life. The newspaper published a story airing the grievances of LGBT advocates who claim the city council passed the rule to target them specifically. “The sole purpose was absolutely to go after the gay pride flag,” said one local LGBT advocate. Another told the Post the flag rule “has always been about being anti-queer.”
“The city council decided to stay neutral on such controversial issues. Public spaces and city properties are shared spaces among all residents and should not be used by special interest groups to promote their agenda,” Ghalib told Fox News. “We just specified which flags to be allowed to fly on city properties: U.S. flag, state, city, and POW flags are allowed. Everything else is not.