Mayor Jeri Muoio, Marriage Equality Activist Raise Rainbow Flag at City Hall
On the two-year anniversary of the SCOTUS ruling on marriage equality, Mayor Jeri Muoio—joined by activist Stephen Sunday...
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (JUNE 26, 2017) -- On the two-year anniversary of the SCOTUS ruling on marriage equality, Mayor Jeri Muoio—joined by activist Stephen Sunday, Commissioners Shanon Materio (District 5), Sylvia Moffett (District 1) and Paula Ryan (District 3), Julie Seaver of Compass, and City employees—raised the rainbow flag outside of City Hall to promote equality.
“We have a real commitment here in West Palm Beach to make sure that everyone in our City and everybody who works for our City is treated equally,” remarked Mayor Muoio at a press conference outside City Hall.
The timing of the flag raising ceremony on June 26 is significant, because it marked the two-year anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality. Two other significant LGBTQ anniversaries are recognized on surrounding dates. The late Gilbert Baker first raised the rainbow flag on June 25, 1978, and the Stonewall riots movement began on June 28, 1969.
Sunday, a trailblazer in marriage equality and in the fight for AIDS research and awareness, approached Mayor Muoio about flying the rainbow flag two weeks ago. “When I asked Mayor Muoio about flying the rainbow flag, there was no hesitation on her part. That says a lot about our City, which is very diversified.”
June is LGBTQ Pride month, and the rainbow flag—the banner of the Pride movement—will fly outside City Hall for the remainder of June.