Why the Police Are Flying the Flag for Gays and Lesbians; 1.controversy: Gay Rights Flag Flutters over Fettes Police HQ 2.support: Chief Inspector David Lyle
Byline: Graham Grant
ONE of Scotland's biggest police forces came under fire yesterday forflying a gay rights flag above its headquarters.
Bosses at Lothian and Borders Police say the move is intended as a 'visibledemonstration' of support for gays and lesbians.
It is also aimed at marking 'gay history month' - which is designed tocommemorate the achievements of gay people in history.
It emerged yesterday that the force has stepped up its gay rights drive byhoisting a rainbow flag supporting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender(LGBT) community at its headquarters at Fettes, Edinburgh.
A police source, who wished to remain anonymous, said some officers haveprivately objected to the flag fluttering above their place of work.
He said: 'There are many strongly religious officers and other members of staffwho do not believe the force is being sensitive towards their beliefs.
'Some have deep convictions and this flies against that. There have beenrumours of one male officer walking out because of the flag.' John Midgeley, ofthe Campaign
Against Political Correctness, said: 'It is a great pity the police feel theneed to be chasing after these minorities at a time of rising crime.
'Most members of the public feel the proper role of the police is not to bedabbling in political correctness - but is fighting crime.' Former StrathclydePolice Chief
Inspector Mike Liddell last night said flying the gay flag was 'very strange'.
He said: 'Ordinary officers will feel that this is another example of politicalcorrectness getting out of control.
'Most officers will think of this as muddled priorities.
When you consider the problems in urban Scotland with anti-social behaviour andviolence, is this really so important? …