Gay Pride Banner Could Prompt South Louisiana Flag Limit
LAFAYETTE, La. - A south Louisiana official says he’s 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.
Andy Naquin, a Lafayette City-Parish councilman, told The Daily Advertiser (http://bit.ly/12jcHDK) that he was contacted by a military veteran who was offended that a gay pride group flew the rainbow flag June 30 in Girard Park, which is Lafayette Consolidated Government property.
"I had to agree with him," Naquin said. "Government flag poles really should be meant to fly only government flags."
Naquin said he’s working with the city-parish attorney on drafting an ordinance, but did not immediately discuss the matter with other council members. He said he expects the ordinance would allow the flying of only American, Louisiana and Acadian/Lafayette Consolidated Government flags, and possibly Mardi Gras flags, on government property.
Korean War veteran Ray Green, who complained to Naquin, said he learned about the raising of the rainbow flag in the public park after a photograph and article appeared in The Daily Advertiser. Green he does not believe the flag should be flown on 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 Friday. "Several of us (veterans) feel that the flying of this flag is a poke in the eye of a way of life."