After receiving a complaint from a constituent about the flying of the rainbow-colored gay pride flag from a public flagpole, a Lafayette, La. city councilman wants to restrict the hoisting of non-governmental flags.
The brouhaha started when Korean War veteran Ray Green learned of the multi-colored flag flying over the city’s Girard Park and complained to his City-Parish councilman, Andy Naquin.
“I had to agree with him,” Naquin told The Daily Advertiser of Lafayette. “Government flag poles really should be meant to fly only government flags.”
Naquin is now working with the city-parish attorney to draft a proposed ordinance restricting what flags can be flown over Lafayette Consolidated Government property. The proposal would ban all but American, Louisiana and Acadian/LCG flags. Mardi Gras flags may also be approved.
The war vet first learned of the gay pride flag raising from a story and accompanying photograph in the Advertiser and felt it was an inappropriate use of 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,” Green said. “Several of us (veterans) feel that the flying of this flag is a poke in the eye of a way of life.”
Activist Amanda Kelley, president of the Acadiana OUTspoken Alliance, the group that hoisted the flag, said it was in celebration of National Pride Month and repeal by the U.S. Supreme Court of the Defense of Marriage Act.
“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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