Asheville Mayor defends pride flag at City Hall

(Asheville Citizen-Times) A decision allowing that a two-story rainbow flag be flown at City Hall had more to do with supporting civil rights than jumping into political conflict over same-sex marriage, Mayor Esther Manheimer said Friday. Manheimer said she didn’t have a discussion with City Manager Gary Jackson about displaying the flag, symbolizing gay pride, a move that drew some criticism. City Council unanimously approved the action, she said. “I recognize that people have different views on these issues, and I’m sensitive to that,” Manheimer said. Former City Councilman Carl Mumpower and Chad Nesbitt, a former chairman of the Buncombe County GOP, said council violated state open meetings law by not holding vote during an official meeting in public. “There is a reason that North Carolina instructs local elected bodies to handle their affairs in an open and deliberative way,” Nesbitt and Mumpower said in a statement. “Otherwise, they would be free, such as in this case, to indulge their personal feelings and conduct business behind closed doors and over private phone lines.”

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Posted on October 13, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I am glad that more good stores are popping up in Fletcher, a couple more and we will not have to go to San Francisco East anymore.

  2. When did Marriage become a “CIVIL RIGHT”?……People want the “BENEFITS” of marriage that comes from GOVERNMENT…..its not a CIVIL RIGHT ….Tell it like it is or don’t TELL IT AT ALL!

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