GOP congressman files anti-Pride flag bill

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A Republican U.S. Representative from South Carolina has introduced a bill that would bar the Pride flag from being shown over U.S. embassies and consulates.

U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncon (R-S.C.) filed the bill during the first week of the Congressional session. Called the Old Glory Only Act, it would allow only the U.S. national flag above foreign missions.

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

While act as written bars any flag other than the American flag, the reason by Duncan’s own admission is past instances of the Pride flag being flown over embassies.

His office said in the press release that the legislation was originally introduced in response to a U.S. State Department official putting a Pride flag up over a South American embassy in 2018. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has since authorized all U.S. embassies and consulates overseas to fly the BLM flag on their official flagpole as well.

In the same press release, Duncan also announced bills that would bar short-barrelled shotguns from being listed as destructive devices, stop restoration of the Fairness Doctrine, and barring the Biden administration from banning fracking.