The decision goes against President Trump's ban on flying the banner at U.S. embassies.
For the first time ever, the California State Capitol building raised the rainbow flag on its flagpole in celebration of National Gay Pride Month,
At the request of California Governor Gavin Newsom the flag was elevated on Monday and will remain there until July 1.
“In California, we celebrate and support our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community’s right to live out loud – during Pride month and every month,” Newsom said. “By flying the pride flag over the State Capitol, we send a clear message that California is welcoming and inclusive to all, regardless of how you identify or who you love.”
The Golden State joins Colorado and Wisconsin and their Capitol buildings in support of the LGBT community.
President Trump issued an edict to American embassies this month, denying their requests to fly the flag on their official flagpoles, but Assemblymember Todd Gloria says California is not going to ignore its LGBT citizens.
"At a time when the Trump Administration is forbidding U.S. embassies and consulates around the world from raising pride flags, we are sending the message that we acknowledge and respect LGBTQ people, and they have a home here in California,” he said.
The California Capitol has put up the flag before by draping it over balconies on its interior and exterior and they have also lit up the dome with rainbow colors when the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in favor of same-sex marriage.
Pride month is also the anniversary of the creation of the Pride flag. Gay rights activist Gilbert Baker made the flag in June 1978. It has changed a little since then but remains the symbol of the gay liberation movement the world over.