More than 50 people crowded inside the building but there were some outside the Licking County Administration building trying to change the minds of the commissioners about lighting that building.
The Licking County Commissioners made the move their scheduled meeting into a bigger room, specifically Meeting Room D. It sits 55 people and not 16 which was the capacity of their normal meeting.
Even with the switch, there were people in the hallway and outside of the building all ready to speak about the commissioners’ decision not to turn on the lights at the courthouse to the rainbow color during the Newark’s first ever Pride celebration.
“I was really proud and happy to see such a big turnout,” said Ron Abram.
Abram is a 20 year Licking County resident and is not too proud of is the commissioners’ decision.
He hopes his words will change their minds.
“It would send a message across the state especially that Newark is inclusive,” said Abram.
There were people on both sides of the argument whether the commissioner should change their minds or not.
As for those commissioners, they were only there to listen on this day and say they are not ready to react.
“At this point, I kind of want to digest and look at the notes I took, and we’ll discuss it,” said Licking County Commissioner Timothy Bubb. “We can look at our policy and also our position.”
While the commissions are digesting what they just heard there are no plans from them to change their decision.