Louisiana Republican To Introduce Bill Banning Gay Pride Flags On Public Buildings And Property

A Louisiana official is drafting a proposal to limit the types of flags that can be flown on government property after hearing complaints about a gay pride flag being hoisted temporarily in a local park. ThinkProgress reports:

NaquinIn 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 Naquin (pictured), 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 paper that he found the flag offensive and an insult to fellow servicemen.

"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."

Apparently Mr. Green is unaware of the thousands of gay veterans who have fought bravely for this country as well. 


  1. Gigi says

    One person complained about the flag and councilman Naquin rushed to draft a bill. He must be very, very busy. I heard his next bill is to arrest women who park in the “expectant mothers” parking spots at IKEA who don’t APPEAR to be pregnant because one woman MIGHT complain about it in the near future.

  2. Michael Barber says

    First Amendment, Jackass. Sad that the people of La. have this for their rep.

  3. says

    Because the GOP really cares about the economy and job creation and fiscal responsibility and Being a Patriot and supporting freedom and liberty.

    Just kidding! They care about pleasing incredibly-stupid bigots with legislation that eases their peabrains.

    “Hi, you can’t afford healthcare, but with me as your elected official I’ll guarantee that you won’t have to SEE any RAINBOWS!”

    because republicans are just sick of all those young Christian children who are being killed every day from exposure to rainbows and rainbow iconography.

    because, yeah.

  4. Kevin says

    Guess what Ray Green,thousands of gays and lesbians and their straight allies fought for the rights of everyone,not just whom they deemed acceptable.

  5. Rad says

    “Now, onto the dedication ceremony of our new ’10 Commandments’ monument at the State House…”

    Is it me does politics only seem to encourage the bigoted and ignorant?

  6. Jay says

    Louisianians, especially Republican Louisianians, are not known for either intelligence or respect for the first amendment. The only freedom they care about is their freedom to hate others.

  7. Pete N SFO says

    Did you catch that, SCOTUS??

    Still feel good about trusting equality to the States???

    Must be nice to live in your privileged world where you don’t really have to care where you don’t actually need your rights, but have’em anyway.

  8. Syrax says

    I’m not American so help me here, don’t they have confederate flags in some public buildings?

  9. AdamTh says

    “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.” – Ray Green

    Yes Mr Green, that is exactly what you were fighting for. It’s called freedom.

  10. rroberts says

    I am a Vietnam War era veteran who served his country honorably and who came back to be vilified and reviled rather than honored or even thanked. But as a gay veteran, the social climate was even worse. Nevertheless, I would like to believe that my service was for the benefit of ALL Americans.

    Ray Green, you deserve a poke in the eye alright. Andy Naquin, maybe you need to hear from gay vets who also have rights in this country.

  11. says

    What about all the gay and lesbian servicemen who fought for rights they can’t even enjoy? You have the nerve to get mad at a flag?!

  12. Bob says

    Hope not to offend any of my fellow readers here, but I’m going to be referring to Messers Green and Naquin as a couple of flag-ots.

  13. Brad says

    You didn’t fight over seas to come back and be subjected to seeing pride flags? That’s exactly what you fought for. It’s called freedom.

  14. jamal49 says

    Ah, Republicans! There is no end to their pettiness and incivility, is there? So, LCR and GoProud, any comments?

  15. anon says

    I never quite understood why they tend to fly non-govt. flags at parks myself, given the potential for bad symbolism (the confederate flag for one, various protest flags like Vietnam era MIA-POW flags for another–there’s no evidence the US army left behind POWs in Vietnam and has been covering it up), but with a bit of finesse they could offer flag poles to park attendees to fly whatever they want, just as long as the Federal and State flags fly higher in accordance with custom.

    There’s no first amendment issue since the first amendment does not require the govt. to act as free speech publisher.

  16. DownSouth says

    And yet confederate flags are okay on public building and property here in Louisiana, in fact they are everywhere.

  17. Vint says

    “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. ”

    Then you ,misunderstood your task, Mr. Green.