Evers orders gay pride flag to fly over Wisconsin Capitol

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Tony Evers has ordered a rainbow flag symbolizing gay pride to be flown over the Wisconsin state Capitol for the first time.

Evers on Friday issued an executive order to fly the flag for the remainder of June in recognition of "Pride Month." It will fly over the east wing of the Capitol where the governor's office is located.

Evers says in the order that the rainbow flag has become an important symbol for the LGBTQ community and publicly displaying it "sends a clear an unequivocal message that Wisconsin is a welcoming and inclusive place where everyone can live without fear of prosecution, judgment, or discrimination."

Evers also authorizes state buildings and any jurisdiction of the state to fly the flag in June.

A Republican state lawmaker is questioning the governor's order to fly a rainbow flag symbolizing gay pride over the Wisconsin state Capitol for the first time.

State Rep. Scott Allen in a tweet Friday asked, "Is this any more appropriate than erecting the Christian flag over the Capitol?"

Allen did not immediately return a message seeking clarification.