A Lafayette City Councilman has drafted a bill to ban the flying of the rainbow-colored LGBT flag from government property, after a constituent objected to its presence in a local park during a gay pride parade.
Korean War veteran Ray Green saw the above photo in his local paper of the LGBT flag hoisted in Girard Park, and Green complained to his local city councilman, Andy Naquin.
“I did not go overseas and fight for our country so that we could come back and be subject to something like that,” Green told the Daily Advertiser. “Several of us [i.e., veterans] feel that the flying of this flag is a poke in the eye of a way of life.”
Naquin introduced a resolution that would prohibit the flying of any non-governmental flag on government property, though the resolution might exempt the Mardi Gras flag.
“That, to me, seems like a violation of freedom of speech,” said Amanda Kelly of the Acadiana OUTspoken Alliance. She also noted that her organization had many veterans as well. “We fought for this country, too,” she said.
As ThinkProgress points out, numerous regulations already exist governing the flying of flags on state property, including laws that mandate that no flag ever be flown higher than the American flag. Opponents of the bill say the flying of the LGBT flag during Pride did not interfere with the flying of the American flag.
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