GOP Bill Would Ban Gay Pride Flags Over U.S. Embassies
Legislation targets any symbols other than Old Glory if they're flying atop buildings that represent America
House Republicans led by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) have put forward a new bill, called the Old Glory Act, that would prevent U.S. embassies around the world from flying flags other than the American flag.
As of last Friday, the bill has 26 co-sponsors, all Republicans, LifeSiteNews reported.
The bill was introduced after recent incidents in which a rainbow flag — the symbol of gay pride and LGBT rights — was flown above several U.S. embassies. The bill would ban all other flags, not only the gay rights flag, from being flown together with the American flag.
“The United States flag is the single greatest symbol of freedom the world has ever known, and there’s no reason for anything but Old Glory to be flying over our embassies and posts around the globe,” Duncan said in a statement to the Washington Examiner.
Introduced last Thursday, the Old Glory Only Act, to be clear, does not single out LGBT flags; it forbids the flying of any flag other than the American flag.
American embassies in Belize, Jamaica, Iraqi Kurdistan, Israel, and Macedonia are among the locations that have flown pro-LGBT flags, under both the Obama and Trump administrations, said LifeSiteNews.
“We find it [gay flags flying over embassies] very, very sad,” Pastor Scott Sterns, working in Belize, said to PlusNews Belize (see his full comments in the video above). “There’s an attempt to redefine family values, things that God has established as absolutes, that people are trying to redefine with counterfeit values.”
— Travis N. Taylor (@TravisNTaylorLA) June 15, 2014
This year, the U.S. Embassy in Belize flew a rainbow flag to mark Gay Pride Week.
— U.S. Embassy Bern (@USEmbassyBern) June 1, 2017
The U.S. Embassy in Jamaica hoisted a rainbow flag back in 2016 to show solidarity with LGBT people after the gay nightclub shooting in Orlando.