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Protesters Burn Gay Pride Flag

June 27, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Two protesters were arrested Sunday at the Statehouse after one of them took down the rainbow flag that represents gay rights and burned it, authorities said.

Charles Spingola, 43, and Donald Richardson, 63, were taken into custody during an altercation between the protesters and gay rights advocates, said Lt. John Born of the State Highway Patrol.

Spingola, accused of taking down the flag and burning it, has been charged with rioting, criminal damaging and disorderly conduct. Richardson has been charged with disorderly conduct and misconduct in an emergency, said a Franklin County Municipal Court clerk who declined to giver her name.

Spingola and Richardson were both released from the Franklin County jail on bond and are to be arraigned Monday.

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