Watertown City Council limits flag policy

WATERTOWN, S.D. (KWAT) — There was emotional discussion Monday during a special Watertown City Council meeting over flying the Pride flag, representing the LGBTQ community, at City Hall.

Brett Ries (reese) made the request, asking the city allow the Pride flag to fly at City Hall this Friday, June 12, to commemorate the four year anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, which at the time, was the deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.

Councilman Don Roby (roh-bee) made a motion to limit Watertown’s flag policy at City Hall to only include flags of the United States, the state of South Dakota, the city of Watertown, and the POW/MIA flag.

Ries told the council flying the Pride flag, for just one day at City Hall, would, “mean the world” to the LGBTQ community.

That drew this response from Roby.

The council voted 8-2 in favor of Roby’s motion to limit flags at City Hall to government flags only.