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New York state flag to fly high above San Francisco’s famed Castro neighborhood

In an act of appreciation and in solidarity with the greater LGBTQ community of the Empire State, when New York’s first same-sex marriages commence this Sunday, the New York state flag will fly above San Francisco’s famed Castro neighborhood.

One queer activist remarked that LGBTQ Equality Rights icon Harvey Milk would have been quite pleased as he was a native son of New York.

A Castro merchants group has approved a request to fly the New York State flag this weekend in honor of the Empire State’s move to allow same-sex couples to wed.

The Merchants of Upper Market and Castro’s board last week unanimously voted to support adding an official New York State flag below the over-sized Rainbow Flag that currently flies over the heart of San Francisco’s gayborhood.

“With all that has gone on in California the board feels this is something we should do. We want to show solidarity with our brothers and sisters in New York,” said banker Steve Adams, MUMC’s president.

The New York state flag will be raised at noon Saturday, July 23 and be taken down the evening of Monday, July 25. Same-sex marriage becomes legal in New York State on Sunday, July 24.

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