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posted Friday, July 12, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 28
Lafayette, Louisiana, may ban rainbow flag
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Lafayette, Louisiana, may ban rainbow flag

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Republican city council member in Lafayette, Louisiana is drafting a new ordinance banning rainbow flags from public flag poles.

Andy Naquin said he got the idea from a Korean War veteran who contacted him after this year's Gay Pride. Seventy-nine year old Ray Green was offended to see the LGBT flag flying over the City of Lafayette's Girard Park.

Green then contacted his local news station to say: 'If you allow the Gay pride flag to be flown, then you got to by all rights allow the KKK, the Muslims, and anybody else.'

'I had to agree with him,' Naquin told The Daily Advertiser, Lafayette's local newspaper.

Naquin added that he is opposed to any non-governmental flag flying on a public flagpole, and denied that he is homophobic.

Naquin says he is working with City-Parish Attorney Mike Hebert on drafting the ordinance, but has not yet discussed the matter with other councilmen.

He expects the ordinance to allow only the American, Louisiana, and Acadian (or Cajun) flags, and possibly Mardi Gras flags, to be flown on Lafayette Consolidated Government property.

Lafayette city, in Lafayette Parish, in the center of Louisiana's Cajun country, is the fourth largest city in the state, with some 120,000 people. The University of Louisiana has a campus in Lafayette.

Queerty blog said it asked Naquin to explain how a rainbow flag differs from a Mardi Gras flag, but 'he did not respond to our request for a comment.'

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