Gay Pride flag taken from May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society and burned

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — A church on the east side of Syracuse says someone pulled a Gay Pride flag from their building over the weekend and burned it. Now, Syracuse police are investigating.

Police say it happened at May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society on East Genesee Street on Sunday.

The church posted a message on their Facebook page on Tuesday morning saying, in part “Our flag may have been burned, but our resolve to affirm the worth and dignity of every person will never be destroyed.”

Syracuse police are investigating and asking for the public’s help.

The church has a new flag up and as of right now, the investigation is being treated as a criminal mischief incident, but Syracuse Police say based on the results of their investigation and the motive behind the flag burning, it could potentially yield hate crime changes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Syracuse Police at (315) 446-9900.

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