For the second year in a row, a Florida activist is asking his mayor to fly a pro-life flag at City Hall.
Scott Mahurin is president of Florida Preborn Rescue, a pro-life group in St. Petersburg. St. Petersburg mayor Rick Kriseman has flown the gay pride flag at City Hall on two different days over the last two years to honor St. Pete Pride, a month-long gay festival in the city. In the name of “true diversity” Mahurin is petitioning to fly a pro-life flag on the same grounds.
Mayor Kriseman has turned down Mahurin's request both years.
The mayor's office did not respond to a request for comment from CNS News. Mahurin offered the following statement:
For two consecutive years, St Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman has raised the gay pride flag over City Hall. Both times, he has spoken eloquently about St Petersburg’s commitment to diversity and tolerance. In 2014, for example, he said, “We are a city of diversity, of inclusion and a city of tolerance. Everyone is welcome.” On September 5, 2014, I wrote to the mayor and asked him to fly the pro-life flag as a commitment to diversity. I asked him to raise it during the 40 Days for Life campaign which was to begin September 24. I received no response from the mayor or his office. I also enclosed a petition, circulated online with 150 signatures from across the country, made 20 phone calls, and six email requests, but none of them were returned or dignified with a single, solitary comment. In June of this year, I went before the St. Petersburg City Council and asked them for a response. I received none. In July of this year, I went before the St Petersburg City Council again, with several other citizens who spoke about the pro-life flag and the need for the mayor to at least respond to our request. The mayor did make an appearance at this meeting briefly. He told us that he had responded (or someone from his office) when I can assure you, he has not. In fact, his staff has taken to social media to ridicule our cause. So, we are beginning again with the petition. True diversity involves a willingness to allow for differing opinions.