A Florida homeowners association has ordered a gay couple to remove a small rainbow flag from their front yard, but the couple have no plans to remove it.
Bob Plominski and Mike Ferrari of Oakland Park, Fla. Received a citation on June 5 telling them to remove the flag by June 15 or pay a daily fine of $ 50. The couple put it in place to celebrate Pride Month.
Plominski and Ferrari told NBC Miami they were baffled by the notice because they have already hoisted the pride flag and posted political signs in the neighborhood without any problem.
“I got pissed off,” Plominski said. “We’ve done it before and it’s just a show of our pride in the community and it’s been in place for 30 days. We were in shock that they were going to do this.
Bob Brusseau, president of the Eastland Cove Homeowners Association, said the five-person board of directors sent the couple a notice of violation after one of the association members complained based on a rule that restricts residents from displaying only US or military flags in the neighborhood.
“It’s in the document, and you can be sued,” he told NBC News.
The fines will in fact only be enforced about 30 to 40 days from the date the citation is issued, according to Brusseau.
“Personally, I will vote against any fine,” he said, adding that two board members did not even want to pursue the case, but the other three did.
Plominski and Ferrari have the right to appeal the association’s decision to a grievance committee.
“I really think the quote is because it’s a gay pride flag and someone in the neighborhood is offended, it’s that simple,” Ferrari told NBC Miami.
The couple said they will continue to fly their pride flag until the end of the month.
“This will last until June 30,” Plominski told NBC Miami. “As a community, we’ve worked really hard to win and get to where we are today. We’re not going to back down on this one.