Pence Defends State Dept. Decision to Disallow Gay Pride Flag on American Embassy Flagpoles

By Craig Bannister | June 11, 2019 | 3:34pm EDT
Vice President Mike Pence (Screenshot)

Only “one flag” should fly on the American flagpole at its embassies around the world, Vice President Mike Pence told NBC News, when asked about the State Department denying requests to fly the gay pride flag on four embassy flagpoles.

“I’m aware that the State Department indicated that, on the flagpole of our American embassies, that one flag should fly, and that’s the American flag – and I support that,” Pence said.

Last Friday, NBC News reported that the U.S. State Department has denied the requests of four embassies seeking to put the gay pride flag on the American flagpole during June, Gay Pride Month:

“The U.S. embassies in Israel, Germany, Brazil and Latvia are among those that have requested permission from Trump's State Department to fly the pride flag on their flagpoles and have been denied, diplomats said.”

Asked to respond to offended members of the LGBTQ community, Pence said he and President Donald Trump are committed to serving every American, but only “the one American flag” should fly on the official U.S. flagpole at embassies around the world:

"As the president said on the night we were elected: we're proud to be able to serve every American. And, we both feel that way very passionately.

“But, when it comes to the American flagpole at American embassies in capitals around the world, having the one American flag fly, I think, is the right decision. And, we put no restrictions on displaying any other flags, or any other displays, at our embassies, beyond that.”

“The pride flag can and is being flown elsewhere on embassy grounds, including inside embassies and on exterior walls,” NBC reported.


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