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Gay Festival Causes Stir in Carrboro

Posted June 4, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— An annual Gay and Lesbian Festival in North Carolina is causing quite a stir in Chapel Hill. As the town begins setting up for this weekend's event some town workers are refusing to take part.

The public works employees were asked to hang some gay pride flags around town for the Gay Pride Festival, but refused to do so. Organizers of the event from North Carolina Pride say they were shocked. They say they have always had a good relationship with the city and that this is clearly a case of homophobia.

The Town of Carrboro says it has handled the situation in the best way possible. The six public works employees will not have to hang the flags if they don't want to. The workers expressed moral and religious objections to the event.

Event organizer Sarah Titus says her group thinks the town workers are getting off too easily.

Town Manager Robert Morgan says the workers shouldn't be forced to do work they object to.

The flags will be hung on Carrboro streets. Carrboro's public works director says he will work with a supervisor on Saturday to hang the decorations.

Carrboro's openly gay mayor will be master of ceremonies at the weekend event.