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Pride flag flying over Drumthwacket

Murphy burnishes his progressive credentials

By Nikita Biryukov, June 13 2019 7:48 pm

The pride flag is flying over Drumthwacket, and it will remain there for the duration of June for the first time in the state’s history.

“It is of the greatest importance that everyone feels accepted in New Jersey, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation,” Gov. Phil Murphy said. “I am honored to show support for our LGBTQ+ residents by flying the Pride flag as we celebrate Pride throughout the month of June.”

The move is a sign that Murphy is continuing to burnish his credentials as a progressive, though support for LGBTQ rights has largely entered the mainstream of New Jersey politics.

“Raising the Pride flag is a message to all LGBTQ+ people—especially our youth—that they are welcomed and have a place in our communities no matter who they are or who they love,” said Christian Fuscarino, Executive Director of Garden State Equality. “Countless towns across New Jersey have embraced that hopeful and inviting spirit for years, and thanks to Governor Murphy and the First Lady’s continued commitment to those inclusive values, every gay and transgender New Jerseyan will know our great state does, too.”

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