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Seattle Mariners to fly gay pride flag Sunday

Mike Oz
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The Seattle Mariners aren't shying away from the most controversial topic in the country right now — they're flying a gay pride flag at Safeco Field during Sunday's game with the Chicago Cubs.

The decision actually isn't a response to Wednesday's pro-same sex rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court, but actually a show of support for the Seattle community. Its 39th annual Seattle Pride Parade is also Sunday.

Rebecca Hale, the director of public information for the Mariners, told Q13 TV in Seattle:

“We’re part of this community. Our fans are a reflection of our community. We thought this was an appropriate gesture on a day that is very meaningful to the LGBT community."

Q13 says it's a history-making move, as the Mariners are the first MLB team to fly the rainbow gay rights flag at a game. The Mariners, however, couldn't verify that.

The flag with fly along with the American flag and the flags of fellow American League teams, which are standard practices at Mariners games. This is a much different story than in 2008 when a lesbian couple claimed discrimination when they were asked not to kiss at Safeco.

The Philadelphia Phillies have a Gay Community Night that started way back in 2003 (progressive!) As you might imagine, that's angered some people over the years. At the 2005 Phillies gay night, there was a confrontation between a group of Christian fundamentalist protesters and the gay pride group. Nonetheless, the event continued and is in its 11th year. This year's event is Aug. 7. That day the Phillies are also playing the Cubs.

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