As Pride month continues, we didn’t want this story to go missed. Believe it or not there is still controversy when folks try to fly the rainbow flag. The Richmond, Virginia Federal Reserve Bank is flying the rainbow flag with pride this month and it’s ignited a firestorm of controversy.
Of course, it brought out most of the conservative right. Richmond Fed President Jeffrey M. Lacker received a letter from Del. Robert G. Marshall R-Prince William asking him to remove the flag stating it presence showed “a serious deficiency of judgment by your organization, one not limited to social issues.” Del. Marshall also asked “what does flying the homosexual flag, or any other display, have to with your central banking mission under the Federal Reserve Act passed by Congress?”
The conservative group Family Foundation said it’s “disappointing” to see the bank participate in the celebration.
The Richmond VA based gay rights Equality Virginia supports the Fed’s decision. They criticized Marshall and Family Foundation as “Virginia’s self-styled morality police.” EV’s Executive Director James Parrish said “The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond should receive accolades for its decision to recognize and celebrate its GLBT employees, customers and vendors during Pride month.”
Richmond Fed President Jeffrey M. Lacker told the Richmond Times-Dispatch he has no intention of removing the flag. The local CBS stations asked local LGBT community members their opinion and of course push the controversy.
Conservatives call on Federal Reserve to take down gay pride flag - Washington Post (blog)
Richmond Fed Flies Its Gay Pride Flag - NBC Washington