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Marine Raises Rainbow Flag in Afghanistan

Marine Raises Rainbow Flag in Afghanistan


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.


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6:56PM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

I honestly think this is a beautiful display. Who cares if it's not the army of the LGBT? He's still his own person who obviously believes in their rights.

10:22AM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

Rainbow Flag > Fruit Loops - it has no place in our Military

6:53AM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

tim busch is correct in his assessment of the situation. the rainbow flag has
no place in a war zone, there is a time and place for everything. i am certain
that the married marine that had raised the "rainbow flag" had done it with the
very best of intentions. but no flag can ever be raised above our flag, the
American flag.

6:24AM PDT on Mar 29, 2012

Bless this man for being a kind, decent person. Shame on Tim Busch for being so openly homophobic. Does he think the rainbow flag will set a target on their base from other homophobes like him?

5:32PM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

WOOPS! Marines sorry :(

5:28PM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

I support human rights, but that is something that falls outside of military guidelines. Is that the army of LGBTI? No, its the army of the USA. Its mixed messaging and a very political stance that is in the civilian jurisdiction of free speech. Free speech is more restrained in the military for obvious reasons. Yes, do support our fellow LGBTI family, friends and neighbour's rights in the military by having equality, that's as far as you need to go. (I do admit that such a display puts a smile on my face, but its sadly not the place for it)

3:17PM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

Any message that stands for peace and unity and acceptance is more than welcome, especially in Afghanistan.

12:20PM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

It makes me Proud to be an American- to know that a Straight couple- a STRAIGHT MAN at that proudly rose a rainbow flag to proclaim equality for his fellow man clear across the globe! I see no shame in this at all. I think that if anything this man should be honored because he showed bravery and valor in preforming this courageous act because this could have gotten him shot not just by the enemy but by "his" side as well.

11:38AM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

Christine C.

Other than the outdated regimental stuff --- why?

11:14AM PDT on Mar 28, 2012

Esther B is quite right. It is heartwarming that a straight guy did this.

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