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News - March 29, 2013

Around Town

RAINBOW SEASON ... The rainbow flag may soon fly high over Palo Alto's King Plaza as a colorful reminder to the world where the city stands on the topic of same-sex marriage. The city is considering joining other cities and counties in the area in showing its support for gay marriage and its opposition to California's Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage and which passed in 2008 (76 percent of Palo Alto voters rejected it). The only problem is that the city currently has no policies that allow the city to fly a flag unless someone dies. On Monday night, the City Council will address the issue when it considers a request from City Manager James Keene for authority to fly the flag. The request comes at a time when gay marriage is dominating headlines across the nation, with both Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act undergoing hearings in front of the U.S. Supreme Court this week. In his request and a proposed resolution, Keene notes that other cities in the area, including Oakland and San Leandro, are flying the rainbow flag. An even greater coalition of cities, led by San Francisco and including Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Cruz, have joined a legal effort challenging Proposition 8. Palo Alto hasn't joined any lawsuits when it comes to gay marriage, but if Keene's request is accepted, it will become the latest member — however symbolic — of a growing coalition of cities and counties calling for legalization of same-sex marriage.

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