Pride Flag in Veterans Park Brings Controversy, Town Forum

A local veteran is calling the show of support to the LGBT community "a travesty."

A rainbow flag is flying high in Veterans Park in a small Maine town for Pride month, and not everyone is pleased with the show of support.

One veteran in particular, John Mixon, is causing such a fuss over the inclusive gesture made by the town of Ogunquit that a community forum is being planned to quell the tension.

Mixon says flying the pride flag is disrespectful to veterans, calling it "a travesty." This in spite of the fact that many veterans are members of the LGBT community.

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BOSTON - MARCH 15: Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton marches with OUTVETS, a non-profit that highlights the rights and contributions of LGBTQ veterans, active service members, and their families. Long snubbed gay rights groups finally marched in South Boston's famed St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 15, 2015. Because of this inclusion, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and other politicians chose to march for the first time in support. (Photo by Dina Rudick/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

He said he doesn't have a problem with the flag flying elsewhere, but that it has no place in the park.

"I was absolutely shocked," Mixon told WMUR9. "I couldn’t believe that someone was even considering it."

“The rainbow flag represents that we have a significant number of people who come to Ogunquit partly because of our welcoming nature to gay people, and we want to recognize their contributions to this town," town manager Pat Finnigan said.

While she is planning a town forum, there are no plans to remove the flag from its place of honor alongside the American flag, a POW/MIA flag, and Maine's state flag.

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