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Council Declares June Gay Pride Month

Pride parade scheduled for June 30.

The City Council Thursday designated June as Gay Pride month with Ward 6 Councilor Paul Prevey and other councilors praising the contributions the gay community makes to Salem.

The city's Gay Pride Parade is scheduled for June 30.

"What a difference a year makes," Prevey said. He recounted the gains the gay community has made, including President Obama's recent support for gay marriage.

"But the struggle goes on," he said.

Ward 5 Councilor Josh Turiel said he looks forward to 20 years from now when his son, as a grown man, will ask "What was all the fuss about?"

David Pelletier May 25, 2012 at 03:19 PM
When do the flags go up around Riley Plaza?
uberchick May 25, 2012 at 05:14 PM
It makes me so proud to know my hometown has chosen to embrace compassion and understanding! Literally have tears in my eyes!
Deborah May 25, 2012 at 07:03 PM
This is wonderful news! Yay, Salem!
john May 25, 2012 at 07:31 PM
I have no problem with gays whatsoever. For many years gays have been asking for fair and equal treatment and I applaud them.My problem is with declarations like this that singal gays out as different and a group that needs special treatment.When is average married person pride month?
michael beaulieu May 26, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Right after white history month
john May 26, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Lets not get racial.
Letty C May 26, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Married and white people have always had had rights and privileges. Salem has such a diversity of races and lifestyles. This is not just about celebrating, "the gays," it's recognizing that the gay community is largely contributing to the City! I'm proud to call a place home where everyone can feel welcome and find support. I'm talking about old money, new money, average income, homeless, all races, lifestyles, etc. Salem is named for peace. From Arabic (salaam) and Hebrew (shalom). With all the historical significance Salem is known for, I celebrate recognizing another large population that is contributing to the commonwealth and history of our city!
Geoff May 26, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Isn't it every month? I can't think of anyone trying to keep "average" (non-gay) people from getting married.
john May 26, 2012 at 11:01 PM
I never heard anyone suggest gays don't contribute to Salem.Why do people,from any walk of life,feel the need for attention? Live your life and if you are a good person you should feel gratified.

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