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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford wants rainbow flag taken down

Posted by David Zimmerman  February 7, 2014 03:27 PM

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Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford wants the rainbow flag flying at the city’s City Hall taken down.

The flag, flying at many city halls across Canada is there as a show of support to gay athletes competing in the Olympics currently taking place in Sochi Russia. “It’s not about someone’s sexual preference,” Ford said. “I do not agree with putting up the rainbow flag. We should put our Canadian flag up.”

When told the gesture was meant to protest anti-gay laws in Russia, Ford replied: "Let Russia do what they want. We're Canadians here.''

Other elected officials in Toronto have come down on both sides of the issue. Councillor Sarah Doucette said she doesn't agree with Ford's position as there are already Canadian flags flying at city hall. "If he's not prepared to change then I don't think he should be mayor," she said.

While Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong said an Olympic or Canadian flag should be raised instead. "This should be about sport and about Canadians," he said. Ford is no stranger to controversy with the LGBT community. He has routinely skipped Toronto’s Gay Pride Parade and plans to skip it again this year too.

"I'm not going to go to the Pride parade," he said recently. "I've never gone to a Pride parade. So I'm not going to change the way I am."

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