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Capitol controversy: Pride flag lowered only hours after it was raised

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a close up of a brick building: Secretary Katie Hobbs said she raised the flag to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots,  which she said was the start of civil rights for the LGBT community. © Provided by Meredith Corporation (local)

Secretary Katie Hobbs said she raised the flag to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots,  which she said was the start of civil rights for the LGBT community.

PHOENIX, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said a pride flag was taken down from the state capitol only hours after she helped to raise it.

[VIDEO: Pride flag flies briefly at state capitol]

According to Secretary Hobbs, it was the first time a pride flag had gone up in the Arizona state capitol area.

Secretary Hobbs said she raised the flag to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which she said marked the start of civil rights for the LGBT community.

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She said it was Arizona's Legislative Council that made the decision to take down the flag, because she hadn't been approved to hold a flag raising ceremony.

Secretary Hobbs, however, insisted the gathering was so short and small that she didn't need approval.

Instead, she said the decision to lower the flag was a result of pure politics; all at a time when she says LGBT rights are under attack.

"To me, the flag was a display of inclusiveness and showing that Arizona is a place that welcomes everyone ... so if you want hide behind rules, I think that's pretty sad."

Arizona’s Family did reach out several times to the Arizona Legislative Council regarding the lowering of the Pride flag.

At press time, they had not responded.

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