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GOP wants to ban U.S. embassies from flying rainbow flags

GOP sponsored "Old Glory Only Act" wants to remove Pride flags from flying with U.S. flag at embassies.
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Representative Jeff Duncan (R-SC) along with House Republicans are leading the charge to ban the flying of rainbow flags at U.S. embassies.

LGBTQ Nation reports that a new bill introduced at the House Foreign Affairs Committee says it would "prohibit the flying of any flag other than the United States flag over United States diplomatic and consular posts, and for other purposes.”

The rainbow flag has flown recently at the U.S. Embassy in Belize and in 2016 at the U.S. Embassy in Jamaica in remembrance of the Pulse tragedy. 

The bill asks that no other flag be flown with the American one.

“The United States flag is the single greatest symbol of freedom the world has ever known," Duncan’s office said in a statement, "and there’s no reason for anything but Old Glory to be flying over our embassies and posts around the globe.”

The bill was introduced last Wednesday and as of this writing has 30 Republican sponsors.