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Let Your Rainbow Flag Fly…Just Not in Louisiana

Let Your Rainbow Flag Fly…Just Not in Louisiana

Written by Adam Peck

A city councilman in Louisiana is drafting a new set of ordinances that would ban the flying of rainbow flags on any public property after a constituent took umbrage with one such flag that was raised by a local LGBT organization.

In celebration of National Pride Month and the demise of the Defense of Marriage Act last month, members of the LGBT community in Lafayette, Louisiana gathered in Girard Park for the annual Pride in the Park celebration. Local paper The Daily Advertiser was there to cover the event, and ran a photo in the next day’s paper of participants hoisting the rainbow flag that has come to represent the LGBT community.

Ray Green, a veteran of the Korean War, saw the photograph and brought it to the attention of Andy Noquin, a City-Parish councilman, who is now drafting legislation that would outlaw the flying of the rainbow flag — and any other non-government flag — in any public venue.

Green, who served in the Korean War, told the Daily Advertiser that he found the flag offensive: “I did not go overseas and fight for our country so that we could come back and be subject to something like that,” Green said Friday. “Several of us (veterans) feel that the flying of this flag is a poke in the eye of a way of life.”

Opponents of the proposed ordinance say no disrespect was intended, and were quick to point out that there are thousands of gay veterans who have fought for their country as well.

Green told the paper that while he is not “against the gays,” he is opposed to “the act itself.”

There already exists a firm set of federal laws that govern the flying of the American flag on public property, including a provision that says no flag may fly higher than the American flag on the same property. Organizers of the Pride in the Park event say that no American flags were removed while hoisting their own flag.

This post was originally published at ThinkProgress.

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6:47PM PDT on Jul 13, 2013

thanks

3:51AM PDT on Jul 12, 2013

Excuse me sweetheart, "What way of life" are you talking about? Certainly NOT MINE. Thousands of gays, men and women have fought in all wars dear...Out of the closet or not. It's people like you with your way of life that keep people labeled! Go KAREN H: hit that baby right on the head:-) A lot to do for nothing, nice to see a rainbow flag, brings joy, and so colorful:-)

2:39PM PDT on Jul 11, 2013

WOW - some really good comments here. Gave green stars because:
To Laura M - You GO Girl!
To Grant j - well said
To Kate R - good question
To Kandice B - couldn't have said it any better. I am also very grateful the colors were explained to me - I never knew; it makes so much sense now.

Now to Sue - yes, the questions begs to be asked - Why do you think it's just two men??

OK - I am what you labeled "not a gay people", I am hetero all the way...tho do have a few questions - wrong place. I have dealt in so much more reality than you ever have my dear!

"ya pansies"? -You need to get new lines because these Religious Extremist/Gop/Tea Party lines have been so over used no one thinks twice about them any more.

"big girl panties"? really, get with the times, we're wearing thongs now - Or none at all...TMI??

I really hate to assume things. U an ass has already been proven with the first words here. Me - been there, done that and learned from my wrong assumptions. You inferred that you are not a Liberal. I'm so glad that you are not one of us...I'd have to find a new group to associate with...So rant on my young Hater of Equality, your colors (pun intended) are showing and they don't look very Red, White, and/or Blue to me. Whew!

PS, Sue , I don't hate you for being prejudiced or a downright bigot. I have too much in my lie to waste on negative emotions like hate.

7:28AM PDT on Jul 11, 2013

More "hate the sin, love the sinner" BS. Funny how these people think it has a direct negative effect on their lives when it actually has none at all. Gay marriage will not ruin your hetero marriage.

7:00AM PDT on Jul 11, 2013

Fmb

6:46AM PDT on Jul 11, 2013

Isn't Sue T. just the sweetest little cupcake on the platter?

Using ever misspelled, stale cliche she can find, she manages to prove her own ignorance and bigotry without any help from us!

What a woman.

Sue, I suggest that it's not up to US to erase nasty images from your mind. It's YOUR head and YOU created them. Naughty, naughty Sue.

6:40AM PDT on Jul 11, 2013

Sue T, gay still does mean happy : )

11:45PM PDT on Jul 10, 2013

Ray Green said: “I did not go overseas and fight for our country so that we could come back and be subject to something like that,. Several of us (veterans) feel that the flying of this flag is a poke in the eye of a way of life.”

He later said he was not anti-gay. With statements like this, he most certainly is anti-gay! à poke in the eye of a way of life`? What way of life? The LGBT community has every right to peacefully celebrate their way of life, even though it may not be the same as Green`s. The rainbow flag never flew above and American flag so there was no desecration.

@ Sue T --- Your comments are vile and thoroughly offensive. To quote you, ``STFU``

5:32PM PDT on Jul 10, 2013

No earth day flag either ;(
I think in one way, he is right. Keep it all governmental, and fly what else you want at home. If he is stupid enough to make anti gay comments, it's his ignorance showing. I wonder how he feels about not having Christmas decorations in public buildings. I have a suspicion that he would have a hissy on that one.
I'm surprised the big corporations- Coke, McDonalds don't contribute to have their logos in flag form flying over the schools where their products/subidaries are served. Or maybe that's in the works?

3:00PM PDT on Jul 10, 2013

Sue T.
I Sue., So nice to see you have polished your fangs before opening your fowl mouth.

The problem isn't us having a fear of you straight people. Which by the way offends me. Straight to me used to mean the shortest distance between one point and another, now it is very graphic in my mind of what to people of opposite sex do in bed. To the point though, the problem is homophobes fear. They are the ones fearful and therefore trying to restrict the rights and freedoms of those they fear. Sort of what the Nazis did to anyone they feared. And you "Not gay people" simply don't deal with the same life.

Please put your Big Boy Panties on and deal with it you BUTCH PANSIE

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