Clegg hails rainbow 'era of pride'

The rainbow flag is being flown over Whitehall to coincide with London's gay pride event this weekend

The rainbow flag is being flown over Whitehall to coincide with London's gay pride event this weekend

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Nick Clegg has hailed the start of a "new era of pride" as the rainbow flag was raised in Whitehall for the first time.

The Deputy Prime Minister said flying the flag, a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride, to coincide with London's gay pride event this weekend was a "small but important emblem".

It comes after Mr Clegg called on Thursday for churches and other religious premises to be allowed to host gay weddings.

He said: "There has to be a first time for everything - flying this iconic flag in the heart of Whitehall is a small but important emblem that the Government and this country are behind equal rights.

"I'm absolutely delighted that, with a little bit of persuasion and determination, we've been able to fly the rainbow flag for this weekend's festivities. I hope this is the start of a new era of pride across the historic Whitehall village."

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