After LGBT Rainbow Tribute, No Special White House Lighting For France

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After the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris, famous buildings and monuments around the world were used to signal solidarity with the French people with special lighting using the colors of the French flag.

The Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil, San Francisco City Hall, Sydney Town Hall in Australia, Madrid’s Town Hall in Spain, and the town hall of Brussels were all lit up over the weekend to demonstrate support. In the United States, the One World Trade Center spire was lit up on Friday evening with the colors of the French flag.

Although the White House lighting has been used to advance certain agendas and causes by the Obama administration, it appears that solidarity with France is not one of them.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

The administration controversially lit up the White House with the rainbow colors of the LGBT flag in June after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage “to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to progress and equality here in America and around the world,” according to a White House official.

The idea was employed by Valerie Jarrett, who raised funds from gay rights organizations to pay for the special lighting. In October, The White House was lit up with pink to signal breast cancer awareness, which was also a cause for celebration by Jarrett.

On Saint Patrick’s Day the fountains are dyed green, but the White House rarely has special lighting or colors to mark other occasions.


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