'Gay Lesbian American Flag' Allowed to Fly on Military Base
When visiting the Davis Monthan Air Force Base recently, wounded veteran Brian Kolfage discovered a “Gay Lesbian American Flag,” a combination of American and Gay Pride Flags, hanging from one of the residences on the base. He published a picture of the flag, outraged that the flag violated Title 4 of the U.S. Code. “The flag I saw is a parody of the American Flag with 50 white stars in the union, smeared with the rainbow colors as the stripes,” Kolfage wrote. A few days later, the public affairs office of the 355th Fighter Wing sent him this statement: “The installation commander carefully considered the opinions of legal professionals and the law. The display in question is not an altered U.S. flag; therefore, its display does not violate federal law. No action will be taken.” But Kolfage should have filed a complaint over the violation of a 2008 Department of Defense directive outlining what political activity active members of the Armed Forces can do, instead of the unenforceable flag code. Section 126.96.36.199 of the DOD regulation says members of the U.S. military shall not “Display a partisan political sign, poster, banner, or similar device visible to the public at one’s residence on a military installation, even if that residence is part of a privatized housing development.” Instead of arguing the “Gay Lesbian American Flag” defiles the American Flag, we should be worried about the politicization of the military.
(H/T to Leftist blog Daily Kos for their arguments about flags flown on military bases. Unfortunately for their writer, Scurrvydog, the Gadsden is actually a historical flag, first flown by American Marines entering battle for their country’s independence.)