Orlando marks 3rd anniversary of Pulse nightclub massacre with sombre memorial gatherings

Orlando marks 3rd anniversary of Pulse nightclub massacre with sombre memorial gatherings

Three years after a gunman massacred 49 people and wounded many others at a gay nightclub in central Florida, the anniversary was being observed Wedne

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Three years after a gunman massacred 49 people and wounded many others at a gay nightclub in central Florida, the anniversary was being observed Wednesday with somber memorial gatherings and proclamations, including one that had to be issued twice.Story continues below

In a proclamation, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered state flags to be lowered to half staff and asked Floridians to pause to remember the victims of the 2016 shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. But he made no mention of the gay or Hispanic communities in the proclamation honoring the 49 club-goers who were killed on Latin night.READ MORE: Pulse nightclub victims remembered on 1st anniversary of Orlando massacreDemocratic state Rep. Anna Eskamani of Orange County criticized the Republican governor for the omission, calling the proclamation, “straight-washed.”DeSantis later tweeted that the state mourns the loss of life from the attack that “targeted the LGBTQ and Hispanic community, and Florida as a whole.”Several hours later, his office issued a “corrected version” of the proclamation that said Florida wouldn’t tolerate hate toward the LGBTQ and Hispanic communities.WATCH: Memorial unveiled at Pulse Nightclub months after deadly mass shooting (Oct. 2016)

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