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Pride Flag flies over Illinois State Capitol for first time

A pride flag flew over the Illinois State Capitol this weekend, marking the first time in history the flag has flown above the building in Springfield

June 18, 2019 - 11:18 am

SPRINGFIELD (KMOX) - Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, issued an executive order Monday stating that the rainbow flag will be flown over the Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield, in recognition of Pride month.

The governor said on Facebook that everyone in Illinois should be proud of who they are, who they love or how they identify. The rainbow flag is a symbol of the LGBTQ social movement and is widely displayed during Pride month. 

According to the Illinois Secretary of State’s office, this is the first time ever Illinois has flown the rainbow flag over its Capitol.

States like Wisconsin and California also flew a Pride Flag over their respective capitols for the first time in state history. 

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