Outlook not good for flying New York state flag in the Castro 

It appears there will be no happy marriage between the rainbow flag and the New York flag in the Castro this weekend.

The Merchants of Upper Market & Castro apparently determined it would be impossible to fly both flags, as originally planned, because of a lack of the appropriate grommets on the flag.

But the original proposer of the plan doesn’t buy it. Blogger and activist Michael Petrelis has posted a scathing admonition of the Merchant’s president -- aka the “unelected Mayor of Castro Street,” Steve Adams -- saying he bungled the planning process. 

However Adams told The San Francisco Examiner Tuesday that he was waiting for Petrelis to send him the dimensions of the flag in order to see if it was a go.

Petrelis blogged that he was withdrawing his proposal, lamenting that “If New York's extremely dysfunctional state government can legalize gay marriage, it should be a piece of cake for gays in the Castro to simply fly an Empire State flag at the public plaza named for the man from Woodmere, New York: Harvey Milk.”

But it’s not impossible the clashing personalities will come to a compromise.

Stuart Gaffney, spokesman for Marriage Equality USA, which was helping organize the flag raising event, said that as of right now it appears the event is off, but granted that “there’s still a few days left.”

“Something could still happen,” he said.


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