- The Washington Times - Monday, July 8, 2013

A city councilman in Lafayette, La., is trying to ban the rainbow flag, commonly associated with gay pride, from being flown outside public buildings.

“Government flagpoles really should be meant to fly only government flags,” Andy Naquin told a local newspaper.

Mr. Naquin, a Republican, said he began drafting the proposal after receiving several complaints from residents, specifically Korean War veteran Ray Green, who was offended that the flag was hoisted on Lafayette Consolidated Government property.

“I did not go overseas and fight for our country so that we could come back and be subject to something like that,” Mr. Green told the paper Friday. “Several of us [veterans] feel that the flying of this flag is a poke in the eye of a way of life.”

The councilman said he agreed with the veteran’s complaint, adding that the new ordinance would allow only the flying of American, Louisiana and Acadian/LCG flags, and possibly Mardi Gras flags, on government property.

Activist Amanda Kelley, president of the Acadiana OUTspoken Alliance, said the flag was meant to celebrate National Pride Month.

“That, to me, seems like a violation of freedom of speech,” Kelley said of the proposal. “It wasn’t intended to insult or hurt anyone.”



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