July 10, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Louisiana lawmaker seeks Pride flag ban
rainbow flag, LGBT, gay news, Washington Blade

Louisiana Lawmaker, Andy Naquin, seeks Pride flag ban. (Photo by essygie via Creative Commons)

LAFAYETTE, La.—A Louisiana lawmaker said he plans to propose an ordinance that would limit the types of flags that can fly on government property after he received complaints about a gay Pride flag at a local park.

Lafayette City-Parish Council member Andy Naquin told the Associated Press a veteran contacted him after he saw a picture of a rainbow flag flying in Girard Park on June 30 in a local newspaper. Naquin said his proposal would allow only the U.S., Louisiana, Acadian/Lafayette Consolidated Government and perhaps Mardi Gras flags to be flown on municipal property.

Amanda Kelley, president of the Acadiana OUTspoken Alliance, which flew the flag in the park, told the Associated Press that Naquin’s proposed ordinance “seems like a violation of freedom of speech.”

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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