Mayor Rob Ford wants Pride flag taken down

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks at the flag-raising ceremony at City Hall in Toronto, Ont. on Monday...

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks at the flag-raising ceremony at City Hall in Toronto, Ont. on Monday June 24, 2013. Ernest Doroszuk/TORONTO SUN/QMI AGENCY FILES

Don Peat, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:49 PM ET

TORONTO ─ Mayor Rob Ford went into the weekend demanding the Pride flag be taken down at Toronto City Hall.

Ford ignited the flag flap less than an hour after the city ─ like many other cities across Canada ─ raised the rainbow flag to show solidarity with gay rights advocates in Russia during the Olympics.

Despite outrage from councillors and rights advocates, Ford vowed to keep fighting to have the Pride flag taken down.

"It's not up to council," Ford said as he left his office Friday night.

Just moments after the Pride flag was raised, Ford burst out in front of reporters to show off the Canadian flag he'd placed in the mayor's office window.

He also promised to have the Pride flag removed from the city's ceremonial flag pole that is used to fly different flags for different causes at the request of community groups.

"This is not about someone's sexual preference," Ford said. "No, I do not agree with putting up the rainbow flag. We should put our Canadian flag up. I put my Canadian flag up in the window."

Ford said he's called city manager Joe Pennachetti and asked him to remove the flag. City officials said they have yet to receive that request.


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