On Tuesday, the Montgomery City Council voted to re-implement a city-wide ban on all non-governmental flags and symbols on city property, overriding a mayoral veto.
The city’s latest resolution, commonly referred to as the “neutrality resolution,” aims to restrict the display of flags that represent certain causes, such as those flown to commemorate various holidays or charitable observances. Additionally, the resolution prohibits the placement of decorations during these events, such as Christmas decorations or pink lights used to raise awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness Month outside of City Hall.
Initially, Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed rejected the resolution, stating in an interview with the Montgomery Advertiser that it “crosses a line” and infringes on the discretion of city officials to make decisions that are in the best interest of the city on a day-to-day basis.
In October, Reed expressed to the newspaper that the city has the authority to advocate for any matter, including safeguarding synagogues and other places of worship, protecting specific groups, or supporting charitable causes.
In a 5-3 vote, the council gave their approval to the resolution. It is important to note that the resolution cannot be reversed by executive order and can only be changed via a vote from the city council.
Reporters were left with unanswered questions as Lyons, the elected representative of a city district, abruptly withdrew the resolution and refused to speak to the media, stating that he doesn’t engage with them.
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