In Arizona, Steven and Zeniff Vanderran say homophobia and ongoing disputes with their homeowners association are behind an order to remove a gay pride flag from their Queen Creek home. He is referring to a prohibition by the Cambria Ocotillo HOA against displaying the flag the couple began flying in 2003 when a previous management company gave the okay.But the new management group, Cambria Ocotillo, has design guidelines that only allow certain flags, including decorations for certain holidays.
Sounds simple enough. The gay pride flag is not allowed. I mean, all HOAs are dictatorships; they have their rules to follow and, well, i say, if you don't like the rule, see if you can change it. if you can't, then build a big gay bridge and get over it.
But...and there's always a but. The flag was OK'd by a former HOA management company, and was flown for nearly five years without incident. See, the old guard said yes, and the new guard says no. That doesn't sound nice, does it?
Apparently, this new management company has certain rules for flags and decorations that are HOA approved. You can put up "holiday" flags only on recognized national holidays. New Year’s Day. Martin Luther King Day. Easter. Memorial Day. Fourth of July. You get the gist.
The HOA says that since Gay Pride is not a national holiday you can't fly the flag. But, um, Easter isn't a nationally recognized holiday either, yet the HOA permits bunnies and eggs and baskets and such.....how gay is that?
Now, the HOA does say that the boys can display their pretty rainbow flag "as a background for a holiday flag, as long as the holiday insignia is larger than the exposed portion of the rainbow flag.”
What's your take on this?
Or much ado about nothing?