(SNews) – The Republican mayor of Rochelle Park, New Jersey, has been ousted from his position after refusing to fly the gay pride flag.
Mayor Perrin Mosca was removed from office last week after council members from both parties voted to oust him.
During a heated May 24 Rochelle Park Council meeting, Mosca objected to flying a rainbow flag outside the town hall for Pride Month.
“A majority had agreed that as a township we would not put up any flags that singled out one group over another group,” Mosca said.
“That should have been the end of the issue.”
But it was not the end of the issue and now he is out of a job.
— Giancarlo Ghione (@NJGiancarlo) June 21, 2023
Rochelle Park Mayor Perrin Mosca refused to fly a Pride flag outside town hall because he feels any flag that singles out a particular group should not be flown. The only flag that should be visible is the American flaghttps://t.co/Fh72TygvbJ
— 👨✈️Constitutionalist BoyNurse 📜 (@PatriotBoyNurse) June 21, 2023
Residents had mixed views on the ouster:
“That’s not right, everybody’s entitled to their opinion.
“I say live and let live but everybody has a right to their opinion.
“I think that’s fine.
“I have no problem with it whatsoever and I think it’s become an unwarranted political football.
Deputy Mayor Jennifer Appice is now in charge as acting mayor.
GOP Municipal Chairman Frank Valenzuela said Mosca “used his position to create a negative atmosphere guided by his personal ideals versus what is best for the residents of Rochelle Park.”