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Des Plaines city hall to fly LGBTQ Pride flag

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Des Plaines city council voted Monday to fly the LGBTQ Pride flag above city hall, adding it to a list of flags that can be flown without needing council permission.

The Daily Herald of Arlington Heights reported that the other flags that can be flown include flags for the U.S., state and city; the POW/MIA banner; and fire, police and military flags.

The newspaper reported that Des Plaines Mayor Andrew Goczkowski, who took office two weeks ago, said the flag needed to be on the list.

“Our LGBT residents are important members of our community, and allowing the flag to fly in commemoration of pride month reinforces the city’s commitment to equality for all who live here,” he said before the city council meeting. The flag can be flown for seven days in June.

The Daily Herald reported that proposal passed with a five to two vote. There was some opposition from residents with one saying it was “a slap in the face,” according to the newspaper.

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