On a 4-1 vote, the Irvine City Council has approved flying the Pride Flag in Irvine annually from Harvey Milk’s birthday through the end of June. The effort was led by Farrah Khan and Melissa Fox and Mayor Christina Shea was the lone “no” vote.
The rally was sparsely attended but the comments from the residents were overwhelmingly in favor of flying the Pride flag.
From the Voice of OC story:
Council members Anthony Kuo and Mike Carroll also voiced support, with Carroll mentioning other cities that had approved similar resolutions in previous years and Irvine’s opposition having left it as an “outlier.”
Mayor Christina Shea, the lone dissenter, said she thought the decision to open up opportunities for commemorative flags would be “problematic.”
“We have three flags we fly, we have 150 languages here, and to have every individual group flying their flag during the year is going to be very problematic,” Shea said. “We all signed the proclamation, but I will not be supportive of flying the pride flag.”
So what are the odds this election in November will be Shea’s last?