Gay Flag Protocol

Some believe gay flag should not be on same pole as U.S. Flag

Got a few emails after the recent SCOTUS gay marriage “ruling,” regarding the display of the flamboyant rainbow flag down at Hoboken City Hall.

Concern was expressed that putting the rainbow gay flag on the same halyard as the American Flag was in some way violating U.S. Flag Protocol.

And when city hall was asked why they put it on that pole, the answer was “we only have one pole” (that’s what he said).

gay flag Hoboken NJ city hall

Is a gay flag considered a “pennant of society?”

Upon inspecting the U.S. Flag Protocol code, about the only aspect that mentions other flags on the same pole:

“When flags of States, cities, or localities, or pennants of societies are flown on the same halyard with the flag of the United States, the latter should always be at the peak. When the flags are flown from adjacent staffs, the flag of the United States should be hoisted first and lowered last. No such flag or pennant may be placed above the flag of the United States or to the United States flag’s right.”

I don’t know – but to me, a “pennant of society” would kind of represent everyone, wouldn’t it? I mean a flag that represents 2% or 3% of a society seems a bit far-reaching to display prominently like that, don’t ya think?

All this “equal rights” bullshit could very well be expanded to “everyone!” We’d need a flag pole 100 miles tall to represent every fetish-based group in society. “What about us?!”

In the end – the whole U.S. Flag Protocol is a bunch of crap anyway – because it’s not an enforceable set of laws, just some “declaratory and advisory” mumbo jumbo statements that were “codified.” Why bother when it doesn’t amount to anything substantial except “talking points?” People focus on this low-hanging fruit rather than worrying about what it all means in the long run. Plan wisely!

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I heard the City also wants to put a massive rain barrel at City Hall for education purposes – when it is really for a photo opportunity. Couldn’t we make a few repairs than spending so much on PR?