House Republican Introduces Bill To Only Fly U.S. Flag At Embassies; Would End Use Of Pride, BLM Flags

A House Republican introduced legislation to ban all other flags except the American flag from hanging over U.S. embassies.

This goes against Biden’s administration’s wanting to hang Pride flags and Black Lives Matter flags over diplomatic areas.

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The Old Glory Only Act was introduced by Rep. Jeff Duncan. The bill “was originally introduced in response to a State Department official putting a rainbow flag up over a South American embassy in 2018.”

Duncan said, “Our beautiful flag, Old Glory, should be the only flag flying and representing our country over our diplomatic and consular posts worldwide.”

“The American flag is a beacon of liberty, and no other flag or symbol better portrays our shared values than the Stars and Stripes. It is important to ensure that Old Glory only is flown at American embassies to represent our ideals abroad.”

The U.S. Embassy in Vatican City received criticism in 2022 when it displayed a flag to promote Pride Month.

The embassy’s Twitter account posted, “Today is the start of #Pride Month. The United States respects and promotes the equality and human dignity of all people, including the LGBTQIA+ community.” the embassy’s Twitter account posted.

All U.S. embassies and consulates overseas were authorized to fly BLM flags on their official flagpoles by Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

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The State Department approved the use of BLM flags at embassies to mark the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death on May 25 in May 2021.

At that time, the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece, posted, “We raise this banner in honor of George Floyd, murdered one year ago today, in solidarity with people around the globe seeking a world without racial discrimination and a future with equal opportunity for all,” the U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece, posted at the time.

Under President Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo rejected requests from embassies to display non-American flags. The Biden administration reversed the decision in 2021.

The State Department’s statement read, “Posts should support efforts to repeal [criminalization] legislation while ensuring that ‘do no harm’ remains our overarching principle, so U.S. efforts do not inadvertently result in backlash or further marginalization of the LGBTQI+ community.”