Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve has
apologized for temporarily replacing the American flag with the
rainbow flag at City Hall.
The city ordered the LGBT Pride flag to
be displayed Sunday in support of a Pride event being held in
downtown Reno. The American flag was lowered and replaced
temporarily with the LGBT flag.
The decision created controversy among
City officials said in a statement that
they were under the impression that both flags would be flown
together and apologized for the misunderstanding, according to Reno's
“I can most certainly see why people
would be offended or upset,” said Schieve in a statement. “I did
not order that the American flag be taken down. I have asked that
the flag be put back immediately!”
“It was certainly not the city's
intention to be disrespectful and never should have happened. I will
take full responsibility since I represent this city.”
“I too am offended and there is no
excuse for this. Those who have served deserve the highest respect
for their service. My sincere apologies!!!” she added.