A Democratic mayor in Pennsylvania reversed his decision not to fly the Pride flag.
The mayor of Reading Wally Scott had initially declined to fly the rainbow flag outside the city hall as it carries a ‘non-impartial political message’.
The flag was originally slated to fly on 15 July in recognition of Reading’s Pride Celebration and stay up until 21 July, when Pride would take place.
Flying a flag representing a political movement is against city policy, Scott noted last week.
‘A lot of people don’t realize how many people come here to try and fly a flag,’ said Scott in a video. The mayor also revealed he had been approached to fly a Confederate flag.
A change of heart
However, Scott changed his mind after a conversation with a ‘prominent woman’ in the community, reports WFMZ.
She told him about coming out to her mother, and asking her mother, ‘Did God make a mistake?’
The woman’s mother embraced her and said, ‘God doesn’t make mistakes.’
‘It hit home,’ Scott said in a video posted on his Facebook page.
‘I am a God-loving person, and I know God created us all, and He does not, or She does not, make mistakes,’ he then added.
Reading will fly the Pride flag
‘This flag is something that we should support,’ he said. He also noted he may change his mind on other flags organizations have asked to raise at city hall.
The Pride flag is expected to go up today (22 July).