Rainbow flag flies at US monument, but not on federal land

The Rainbow Flag flies beneath the American flag at the Stonewall National Monument, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in New York. The Rainbow Flag, an international symbol of LGBT liberation and pride, was flown for the first time at the monument. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) Enlarge photo

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The Rainbow Flag flies beneath the American flag at the Stonewall National Monument, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in New York. The Rainbow Flag, an international symbol of LGBT liberation and pride, was flown for the first time at the monument. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

NEW YORK (AP) Gay rights activists who worked to get a rainbow flag installed at the new Stonewall National Monument in New York City are upset the National Park Service says the flag isn't actually on federal land but on city property.

The distinction may seem like a minor one because the flag is flying either way. But the group that lobbied for the flag to be flown at the site says the Park Service's announcement the city, not the federal government, would be maintaining the flag seems like a betrayal.

The Park Service says no slight was intended.

The dispute threatened to dim the mood at a dedication ceremony for the flag Wednesday in Manhattan.

The monument is in an area around the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar where patrons resisted police in 1969 and boosted the gay rights movement.

 

 

 

Michael Petrelis, left, and Brendan Faye watch as the the Rainbow Flag is flown for the first time at the Stonewall National Monument, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in New York. The flag is an international symbol of LGBT liberation and pride. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) Enlarge photo

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Michael Petrelis, left, and Brendan Faye watch as the the Rainbow Flag is flown for the first time at the Stonewall National Monument, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in New York. The flag is an international symbol of LGBT liberation and pride. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

People march around Stonewall National Monument to watch as the Rainbow Flag hangs beneath the American flag, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in New York. The Rainbow Flag, an international symbol of LGBT liberation and pride, was hoisted on a flagpole for the first time at the monument. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) Enlarge photo

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People march around Stonewall National Monument to watch as the Rainbow Flag hangs beneath the American flag, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in New York. The Rainbow Flag, an international symbol of LGBT liberation and pride, was hoisted on a flagpole for the first time at the monument. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

People gather at the Stonewall National Monument to watch as the Rainbow Flag flies beneath the American flag, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in New York. The Rainbow Flag, an international symbol of LGBT liberation and pride, was hoisted on a flagpole for the first time at the monument. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) Enlarge photo

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People gather at the Stonewall National Monument to watch as the Rainbow Flag flies beneath the American flag, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in New York. The Rainbow Flag, an international symbol of LGBT liberation and pride, was hoisted on a flagpole for the first time at the monument. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

A woman photographs the Rainbow Flag at the Stonewall National Monument, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in New York. The flag, an international symbol of LGBT liberation and pride, was hoisted on a flagpole for the first time at the monument. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) Enlarge photo

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A woman photographs the Rainbow Flag at the Stonewall National Monument, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in New York. The flag, an international symbol of LGBT liberation and pride, was hoisted on a flagpole for the first time at the monument. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)