Louisiana Republican to introduce bill to ban LGBT rainbow flag from public buildings
Andy Naquin, a City-Parish Councilman in Lafayette, La., is drafting the ordinance after constituents complained about rainbow flags being flown from buildings during Pride Week.
By Adam Edelman / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, July 8, 2013,
Under the ordinance, only American, Louisiana and Lafayette Consolidated Government flags would be allowed to be flown on local government property.
A Republican city councilman in Lafayette, La., is trying to ban the rainbow flag, which is associated with support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, from being flown outside public buildings.
City-Parish Councilman Andy Naquin said he began work drafting the ordinance, which would limit the types of flags that can be flown on government property, after he received complaints from several constituents about rainbow-colored flags being flown during Pride Week last month.
“Government flagpoles really should be meant to fly only government flags,” Naquin told the (Lafayette) Daily Advertiser.
Rainbow flags are seen across the world as a sign of diversity and have come to symbolize gay pride.
Naquin told the Advertiser he is working with a group of fellow local lawmakers in the city of about 120,000 to draft the legislation, which would allow only the American, Louisiana and Lafayette Consolidated Government flags on local government property.
Local allies of the LGBT community are already speaking out against the prospects of a bill.
“That, to me, seems like a violation of freedom of speech,” Amanda Kelley, president of LGBT advocacy group Acadiana OUTspoken Alliance, told the Advertiser. “(The flag) wasn’t intended to insult or hurt anyone.”