Newfoundland town stands by contentious vote against rainbow crosswalk

SPRINGDALE, N.L. — A Newfoundland town is standing by its decision to vote down a rainbow crosswalk despite intense criticism from across Canada.

The Town of Springdale says it denied the request from local high school students because it was concerned about the precedent that would be set.

Instead, it says in a release today it will consider other suggestions such as a rainbow picnic table or flying the pride flag at town hall during pride week.

Mayor Dave Edison says council supports all residents — however they choose to live — and will work to better express that.

Municipalities across the country have created rainbow sidewalks as a show of inclusion for LGBTQ communities.

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