Month of pride for LGBTQ community

By Alicia Nieves

June 7, 2014 Updated Jun 7, 2014 at 7:02 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) June is officially "Pride Month' in the city of Binghamton for the LGBTQ community.

The city kicked off Pride Month by raising the Rainbow Flag in front of city hall Saturday morning.

Mayor Rich David, along with local and state politicians, spoke at the event.

They said while many states and cities across the nation struggle to accept gay marriage, Binghamton would be a city of acceptance and equality.

"I want to send a message that Binghamton is a city that advocates for tolerance, acceptance, inclusion, and is a community where everyone is welcomed," said David.

The flag raising was, however, met with protesters. Across the street from city hall, a group was protesting the implementation of same-sex marriage.

Protesters said they are praying for the members of the gay community.

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