GOP Bill Says Only The American Flag Can Fly Over US Embassies: No More Pride, BLM Flags

A GOP bill would prohibit anything other than the American flag from being flown from U.S. embassies, in response to the Biden administration’s move to allow pride and BLM flags.

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.”

“It is important to ensure that Old Glory only is flown at American embassies to represent our ideals abroad,” he said. A congressional aide said there have been no specific talks yet about passing the bill, but Republicans are optimistic the new GOP leadership will be open to holding a vote in light of broad GOP support for the idea.

The push to fly the rainbow pride flag started in 2014, under the Obama administration. The pride flag has flown over the embassies in more than a dozen countries since then, including Russia, Spain, Sweden and South Korea.

The Black Lives Matter flag has been flown at U.S. embassies in Brazil, Greece, Spain, Bosnia, Cambodia and South Korea, according to Duncan’s office.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo banned the flying of these flags, but that decision was reversed under the Biden administration. In April 2021, Secretary of State Antony Blinken authorized embassies and consulates to fly the rainbow pride flag.

He approved the change just before May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, and said embassy leaders can make the call on whether flying a pride flag is “appropriate in light of local conditions.”

One month later, Blinken indicated support for allowing embassies to fly Black Lives Matter flags on the anniversary of the death of George Floyd. A leaked memo from the State Department said it “supports the use of the term ‘Black Lives Matter,’” and said it authorizes officials to “display the BLM flag on the external-facing flagpole to any Chiefs of Mission who determine such a display is appropriate in light of local conditions.”

Those decisions led to Republican criticism that flying anything other than the American flag was a political statement that shouldn’t be made by official U.S. embassies.

In 2021, Rep. Nicole Malliotakis of New York proposed similar legislation to ban the use of other flags, and said the Biden administration was allowing the display of “inherently political flags that are in no way affiliated with the U.S. government.”

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  1. IF the GOP is to be re electable I believe it may have to focus on more serious issues than passing bills on what piece of material is to adorn a building.

  2. Mintsauce –

    Our United States embassies are not just buildings dearest, and the flag that flies off of them are not ” adornments – they are decalartive statements to the world!

    When a country places a flag denoting who one prefers to F &&K , or a flag glorifying a drug thug and false narratives about police being racist murderers – over one’s countries flag that citizens have bled and died for to defend ones country – you have no country.

    Getting your house in order starts with reflecting truths and honoring your values. Bravo lawnakers of all stripes who understand that concept.
    By the way , they can walk and chew gum at the same time it is not a false paradigm of either – or.

  3. Actually the United States embassy is a building I can point to it. To suggest it isn’t would mean we couldn’t fly a flag on it of any type at all! Good luck with that one.
    Flags are at best an indicator of recognition. when i see the stars and stripes on the number plate of a car i conclude there must be some kind of American connection with the owner of the car. ( of course i could be wrong but its a reasonable assumption). when i see the same flag flying over an embassy I can assume it is the American Embassy. If there is another rainbow coloured flag flying above it, I don’t automatically assume it is not the American Embassy because as far as I know the rainbow flag is not a nations flag.
    So is this a big issue? Not really. Certainly not one that would tie up the time of law makers who surely have more important things to consider.

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