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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Rin S.
Rin S5 years ago

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.

Russell R.
Russell R5 years ago

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

john casablanca
john c5 years ago

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.

Sam Richardson

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?

Rua L.
Rua L.5 years ago

WOOPS! Marines sorry :(

Rua L.
Rua L.5 years ago

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)

John Mccarthy
John Mccarthy5 years ago

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

Kandy B.
Kandice B5 years ago

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.

Karen and Ed O.
Karen and Ed O5 years ago

Christine C.

Other than the outdated regimental stuff --- why?

John Duqesa
Past Member 5 years ago

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