Louisiana City Councilman Seeks To Ban Gay-Pride Flag on Government Buildings

by Dimitrios Halikias

Andy Naquin, a City-Parish Councilman from Lafayette, La., is pushing for a city ordinance that would ban the flying of the rainbow-colored gay-pride flag on government property. 

Naquin was first contacted about the flag by a veteran, who saw a picture of the flag and told a local newspaper: “I did not go overseas and fight for our country so that we could come back and be subject to something like that. . . . Several of us [veterans] feel that the flying of this flag is a poke in the eye of a way of life.”  

The flag was originally strung up to commemorate “National Pride Month” and to celebrate last month’s Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act.

The proposed ban would not apply exclusively to the gay-pride flag, but would forbid the flying of any non-government flag on government property (with a possible exception for Mardi Gras flags). 

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