A married marine has raised the rainbow flag, international symbol of gay liberation, at his base in Afghanistan.
The pictures appeared on his wife Nicole Jodice’s Facebook page and posted to the page of the group Wipeout Homophobia on Facebook.
The images are proving controversial with some calling them ‘Homonationalism’ and a self-declared gay combat veteran describing it as “a disgrace to the uniform” on Facebook. “We are Soldiers first and the only flag that should be flown at the top of a flag pole is the American flag. The only other flags should be division, brigade, regiment or battalion flags. I am very disappointed in the person that made these decisions,” Tim Busch posted.
Last year the Afghan Pajhwok news agency investigated an apparent trend in Kabul for rainbow stickers appearing on cars. Turned out that drivers had no idea what the symbol meant.