According to the proclamation issued by the Hillsboro Town Council last week in celebration of June Pride Month, “the rights of all persons the freedom to live without fear of prejudice, discrimination, and hatred based on their gender identity or sexual orientation.” Unanimous approval was given to Paul Hrbenak’s proposal for a proclamation.
In a statement, Mayor Roger Vance thanked the town council and residents for “vocally supporting and defending the rights of all citizens.” In our community, prejudice and discrimination of any kind, especially against people on the basis of their gender identity or sexual orientation, will not be tolerated.
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Pride Month Resolution Passes In Sioux Falls City
June has been designated as “Pride Month” by the City Council in a one-page resolution. The Sioux Falls City Council debated Tuesday night whether or not to acknowledge what many in the community and outside already realize. Several people voiced their opinions on the resolution before the council decision.
All Melissa McCauley of Sioux Falls asks is that they are acknowledged. That’s all we’re asking for at this time.” While Rachel Polan does serve on a board for Sioux Falls Pride, she wanted to make sure everyone knew that the group serves over 9,000 people annually and that the festival draws attendees from all across South Dakota.
According to Michael Stangeland of Sioux Falls, “I see a resolution that embodies what the public is rapidly rejecting.” If you support this resolution, you are voting against a rapidly expanding tide of people who have had enough of what the pride movement has become and what it currently represents. ” One of Dell Rapids’ residents, Michael Haskett, said, “I think part of pride in being able to say you’re a cis-gendered man who believes that the LGBTQ population has to have its chance to shine, not only for them but for us as heterosexuals.”
An official statement from the city stated that “The Mayor has issued a Pride Month proclamation every year since taking office, each one supplied at the request of Sioux Falls’ Pride.” A proclamation for this month was requested by KELOLAND News late on Tuesday night, but the mayor’s office says it will have to wait until Wednesday before it can be granted. On Tuesday night, Pat Starr and Curt Soehl introduced a resolution to the council.
In the proclamation, the mayor uses “the same phrasing or very similar,” Starr explained. Rich Merkouris, Sarah Cole, and Greg Neitzert were the only councilors to vote against the measure. Due to Cole’s opposition to the resolution today, “I will not be voting in favor of it based on its value, but because I do not feel it is the duty of this governing body to select who we publically endorse,” Cole stated. According to Neitzert, “I believe that we should not just go into every single issue.” It’s up to us to do our best.
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At the Sioux Falls Pride Festival, Merkouris declared: “I have absolutely no objections to Sioux Falls Pride, Pride Month,” “I feel it is our responsibility to ensure that each of these events can take place in safety and that the community can come together to celebrate life and each other, and I am so delighted that this is possible in our town. The mayor has been issuing proclamations for the last couple of years, and I believe it is the wisest course of action.
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