Republicans in Congress have introduced a new bill that may ban rainbow flags from being flown at embassies.
As reported by the Washington Examiner, the bill was introduced by the House Foreign Affairs Committee and explains that 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.”
Any flag besides the United States flag would be banned to be flown, rainbow flags—flown at embassies to show support for the LGBTQ community—have been the only flag specifically noted to be banned if this bill were to pass. United States Representative for South Carolina Jeff Duncan, who is leading the bill, had this to say on the bill: “The United States flag is the single greatest symbol of freedom the world has ever known, and there’s no reason for anything but Old Glory to be flying over our embassies and posts around the globe.”
The bill itself has been gaining traction with 30 co-sponsors who all have strong anti-LGBTQ histories—one of whom includes Rep. Louie Gohmert. State legislatures and how the bill would affect other flags such as the Confederate flag are not included in the bill.