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Gay rights flag among several stolen from California church

Published:Friday | June 29, 2012 | 12:00 AM


A Southern California church says it will replace recently stolen flags because they represent its diverse membership, including a rainbow flag for gay rights.

Officials from St Luke's of the Mountains Episcopal Church said on Wednesday that flags from Korea and Mexico, a rainbow flag and an environmental flag were stolen on May 19, and the Armenian flag was stolen weeks earlier.

An American flag was left untouched.

The flags will be replaced after Sunday's service.

The Reverend Bryan Jones says the diverse flags were a symbol of the church's open minded philosophy, intended to welcome all to worship there.