York: Attempt to block rainbow flag over Mansion House at Pride
A bid to fly the rainbow flag over the city of York’s mansion house on the day of its pride event is in danger after a Conservative councillor tabled a motion to block it.
Neil Barnes, a Labour councillor, will propose that the flag be flown over the home of the Lord Mayors of York at a council meeting tonight, the York Press reports.
The motion will also be call on MPs in York to back the government’s plans to allow gay couples to marry.
On 21 July, the flag would go up to celebrate the city’s pride parade.
The motion, however, has been met with opposition from a Tory councillor who has tabled an amendment to block the erection of the flag.
Chris Steward said his opposition was not anti-gay and he would oppose the flying of flags for other days, including the White Rose flag on Yorkshire Day. He added that the Conservative group supported Pride in the city.
Labour councillor Barnes said the amendment tabled by Councillor Steward was ‘opposition for opposition’s sake.’