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Florida Faces Backlash After Ordering Jacksonville To Turn Off Bridge’s Pride Month Rainbow Lights

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Florida reversed itself Wednesday and said a downtown Jacksonville bridge can be decorated in rainbow lights to celebrate Pride month and LGBTQ+ rights, one day after it had ordered them to be turned off.

The Florida Department of Transportation faced swift backlash on Tuesday after it had deemed the color scheme “out of compliance” on Tuesday.

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority was set to light up the 1,645-foot Acosta Bridge this week — Tuesday through Sunday — to celebrate the LGBTQ community but instead utilized all-blue hues Tuesday night, the agency told The Washington Post in a statement Wednesday. “The FDOT informed the JTA that our scheduled color scheme for the Acosta Bridge is out of compliance with our existing permit,”

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