SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — Officials in Santa Ana are set to consider a proposal that would permanently fly the gay pride flag outside City Hall.
Councilman Sal Tinajera introduced the plan earlier in July, which calls for Santa Ana to display the rainbow-colored flag alongside the American flag and the California state flag, according to the Orange County Register.
If adopted, the proposal would reportedly make Santa Ana the first Orange County city to fly the flag.
The city flew the flag on July 7 for the City Council’s first meeting since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage June 27.
Tinajero – whose son Salvador is gay – told The Register he introduced the plan in order to send a “message of inclusion”.
Opponents of the plan say officials are being unnecessarily provocative since the flag doesn’t represent the views of all Santa Ana residents.
City Council members are expected to formally debate the proposal in early September. If approved, it would cost taxpayers about $7,500 for the purchase of a flagpole and mounted display outside the city government building.