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Louisiana Republican Introduces Bill To Ban LGBT Rainbow Flag From Public Buildings

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Louisiana Republican Introduces Bill To Ban LGBT Rainbow Flag From Public Buildings

(Credit: CNN)

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:


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“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.

by on Jul. 7, 2013 at 2:09 PM
Replies (11-20):
Mommabearbergh
by on Jul. 7, 2013 at 2:38 PM
It's sad he does realize what he is doing because that would also mean they can't fly the pow flags etc. I feel like if its not higher then the American flag no big deal
Lorik1969
by Bronze Member on Jul. 7, 2013 at 2:40 PM
Are you okay with the Nativity, or a cross, being displayed on public property?


Quoting autodidact:

how would that be legal? it's freedom of expression. sorry that one veteran has issues with that concept, but tough shit. 


stormcris
by Christy on Jul. 7, 2013 at 2:57 PM

The park is permitted out and therefore you technically could put it up during an event.

Quoting Lorik1969:

Are you okay with the Nativity, or a cross, being displayed on public property?


Quoting autodidact:

how would that be legal? it's freedom of expression. sorry that one veteran has issues with that concept, but tough shit. 



Lorik1969
by Bronze Member on Jul. 7, 2013 at 3:01 PM
That doesn't answer the question, and it's still public property.


Quoting stormcris:

The park is permitted out and therefore you technically could put it up during an event.

Quoting Lorik1969:

Are you okay with the Nativity, or a cross, being displayed on public property?





Quoting autodidact:

how would that be legal? it's freedom of expression. sorry that one veteran has issues with that concept, but tough shit. 





UpSheRises
by Platinum Member on Jul. 7, 2013 at 3:02 PM
Why do we have to make a law to outlaw anything that doesnt fit our personal preferences?

Saggy pants, flags, xmas displays...whatever happened to just forming an opinion and moving on with your life?
stormcris
by Christy on Jul. 7, 2013 at 3:05 PM
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I wouldn't give two reds cents where or not those were put up. Public property that is permitted out for events does not function like a court house and therefore the ideas that they would be supporting a religion would not apply so no constitutional violation. You would have to take it down after your event as would anyone who put up anything. The only way this would conflict with the constitution is if they allowed only certain religious groups to use the park or told one religion they could put up their stuff and wouldn't allow it for another. What people or groups personally display during their time of rightful use is not reflective of the government promoting a religion.

Quoting Lorik1969:

That doesn't answer the question, and it's still public property.


Quoting stormcris:

The park is permitted out and therefore you technically could put it up during an event.

Quoting Lorik1969:

Are you okay with the Nativity, or a cross, being displayed on public property?





Quoting autodidact:

how would that be legal? it's freedom of expression. sorry that one veteran has issues with that concept, but tough shit. 






Lorik1969
by Bronze Member on Jul. 7, 2013 at 3:15 PM
1 mom liked this
A permit is irrelevant. Nudists with a permit can't run naked through the park. It is still public property, paid for by the taxpayers. The only flag on a public flagpole should be for the state or country. On private property, do whatever you want.


Quoting stormcris:

I wouldn't give two reds cents where or not those were put up. Public property that is permitted out for events does not function like a court house and therefore the ideas that they would be supporting a religion would not apply so no constitutional violation. You would have to take it down after your event as would anyone who put up anything. The only way this would conflict with the constitution is if they allowed only certain religious groups to use the park or told one religion they could put up their stuff and wouldn't allow it for another. What people or groups personally display during their time of rightful use is not reflective of the government promoting a religion.

Quoting Lorik1969:

That doesn't answer the question, and it's still public property.





Quoting stormcris:

The park is permitted out and therefore you technically could put it up during an event.

Quoting Lorik1969:

Are you okay with the Nativity, or a cross, being displayed on public property?








Quoting autodidact:

how would that be legal? it's freedom of expression. sorry that one veteran has issues with that concept, but tough shit. 









stormcris
by Christy on Jul. 7, 2013 at 3:17 PM
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Nudist can run through the park if the law allows for nudity and some townships do. That is a matter of laws in that area. You also could not run around nude on private property in view of others unless the law permits it.

Quoting Lorik1969:

A permit is irrelevant. Nudists with a permit can't run naked through the park. It is still public property, paid for by the taxpayers. The only flag on a public flagpole should be for the state or country. On private property, do whatever you want.


Quoting stormcris:

I wouldn't give two reds cents where or not those were put up. Public property that is permitted out for events does not function like a court house and therefore the ideas that they would be supporting a religion would not apply so no constitutional violation. You would have to take it down after your event as would anyone who put up anything. The only way this would conflict with the constitution is if they allowed only certain religious groups to use the park or told one religion they could put up their stuff and wouldn't allow it for another. What people or groups personally display during their time of rightful use is not reflective of the government promoting a religion.

Quoting Lorik1969:

That doesn't answer the question, and it's still public property.





Quoting stormcris:

The park is permitted out and therefore you technically could put it up during an event.

Quoting Lorik1969:

Are you okay with the Nativity, or a cross, being displayed on public property?








Quoting autodidact:

how would that be legal? it's freedom of expression. sorry that one veteran has issues with that concept, but tough shit. 










autodidact
by Platinum Member on Jul. 7, 2013 at 3:19 PM
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not if other groups are not permitted displays. 

Quoting Lorik1969:

Are you okay with the Nativity, or a cross, being displayed on public property?


Quoting autodidact:

how would that be legal? it's freedom of expression. sorry that one veteran has issues with that concept, but tough shit. 




Autodidact, Unrepentant Heathen

Citygirlk
by Gold Member on Jul. 7, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Way to waste money.

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