At Monday’s city commission meeting the month of June will be recognized as “LGBT Pride Month” in the city of Salina. Gary Martens from the North Central Equality Kansas Chapter will read a proclamation, which will then be signed by Mayor Aaron Householter.
The organization is urging supporters to attend the meeting wearing gay pride Salina shirts. Following the meeting, supporters will “paint Santa Fe purple”. They plan to gather and walk the sculpture tour downtown.
Salina has a mixed history of supporting similar type issues.
In April of 2013 Barb Shirley, who was the mayor of Salina at the time, joined a national group of mayors who support gay marriage. Shirley was the first Kansas Mayor to join more than 350 other mayors across the country as part of “Mayors for Freedom to Marry”.
In the spring of 2012 the Salina City Commission passed an ordinance adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of classes protected from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation in the city’s anti-discrimination policy. A petition campaign brought the issue to ballot in the 2012 November general election, where it was repealed.
The city commission meeting is Monday afternoon at 4:00 in room 107 of the Salina City / County Building.