(CBS Seattle) — For the first time ever, the Pride Flag will be flown at Seattle City Hall, Mayor Mike McGinn announced Thursday.

The flag will be raised June 1, to mark the beginning of Gay Pride month. The LGBT Commission will host a ceremony at City Hall at 3:30 that day.

“The Pride flag is a symbol that represents Seattle’s longstanding commitment to equality”, said Mayor McGinn. “By flying the flag over Seattle City Hall we honor that commitment to leading by example in the march toward equal rights for all.”

“We are excited to be able to host this event and play a role in this historic occasion,” said Sabina Neem, Co-Chair the Seattle LGBT Commission.

Washington voters approved gay marriage last November, and the state’s first licenses were issued in December.

The Pride Flag will be flown along side the U.S. flag. It will also fly on the city hall flagpole on June 30, the day of the Pride Parade.

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