- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

CLIFTON, N.J. (AP) - By a close vote, a New Jersey town council has decided to fly the rainbow flag to celebrate gay pride.

Clifton Mayor Jim Anzaldi on Wednesday broke the tie after three council members voted against raising the pride flag and three voted in favor of it.

Resident Elana Stabile and the Garden State Equality advocacy group had requested the flag be raised to recognize the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.

The mayor and council debated whether the pride flag should be raised in a separate area or whether a committee needs to evaluate future flag raisings.

The mayor said he didn’t think raising the pride flag “is going to hurt anybody.”

The flag raising ceremony will take place at the municipal building on June 25.

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