GOP Bill: Only U.S. Flag Can Fly Over Embassies: No More Pride, BLM Flags

A United States of America flag and a rainbow flag are seen waving from the US consulate in the Sandton area of Johannesburg, on October 27, 2022. - The US government issued an alert of a possible terrorist attack during the weekend in the Sandton area of South Africa's largest city Johannesburg. Johannesburg's annual gay pride parade is scheduled to take place in the Sandton area on the same Saturday, the first in-person event after a two-year hiatus caused by the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions. (Photo by Michele Spatari / AFP) (Photo by MICHELE SPATARI/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • House Republicans this week introduced legislation that would prohibit flags other than the American flag from being flown over U.S. diplomatic and consular posts, after the Biden administration allowed pride flags and Black Lives Matter flags to be flown from U.S. embassies.
  • The Old Glory Only Act, from Rep. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, is aimed at pushing back at what Republicans say is the politicization of U.S. embassies by the Biden administration.
  • “Our beautiful flag, Old Glory, should be the only flag flying and representing our country over our diplomatic and consular posts worldwide,” Duncan said this week. “The American flag is a beacon of liberty, and no other flag or symbol better portrays our shared values than the Stars and Stripes.”

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