City defends coloring Blue Bridge like a rainbow

Posted at 4:06 PM, Jul 03, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The City of Grand Rapids lit up the Blue Bridge in rainbow colors Thursday night to recognize the U.S. Supreme Court's decision legalizing same-sex marriage.  That decision isn't sitting well with some people.

Social media lit up Thursday night and Friday about the decision.  Many commenters said it is not the city's place to make the statement.  Others said the timing was bad and the bridge should be red, white and blue in honor of Independence Day.

"It's the decision that's been rendered by the highest court in America, and it's one that affects millions of Americans including thousands that live here in our community," explained Kristopher Larson of Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc.

Charles Hughes told FOX17 on the bridge today, "It's against God. That's God law. God says in the Bible strictly it's mentioned that marriage should be between a man and a woman and that's my stance."

Larson tells us that the bridge is lit certain colors to highlight big evens and special occasions.  Friday night, it will be rainbow-colored again, but Saturday, it will be red, white and blue for the 4th of July.  Next week, it will return to being rainbow-colored.