Fully Muslim city council of Hamtramck, Michigan has passed a legislation banning Pride flags from being flown on city property. Muslim residents packing city hall erupted in cheers after the council’s unanimous vote. In a tense monologue before the vote, Councilmember Mohammed Hassan shouted his justification at LGBTQ+ supporters: “I’m working for the people, what the majority of the people like.”
Hamtramck’s city council members voted unanimously to approve the resolution, which restricts the city from flying any “religious, ethnic, racial, political, or sexual orientation group flags” on public grounds.
Residents and businesses will not be restricted from flying Pride or other flags on private property.
Mayor Amer Ghalib, 43, who was elected in 2021 with 67% of the vote to become the nation’s first Yemeni American mayor, told the Guardian on Thursday he tries to govern fairly for everyone, but said LGBTQ+ supporters had stoked tension by “forcing their agendas on others”.
In 2015, many liberal residents in Hamtramck, Michigan, celebrated as their city attracted international attention for becoming the first in the United States to elect a Muslim-majority city council. “There’s a sense of betrayal,” said the former Hamtramck mayor Karen Majewski, who is Polish American. “We supported you when you were threatened, and now our rights are threatened, and you’re the one doing the threatening.”
Source: The Guardian
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