The Division of Protection (DOD) introduced Monday that the satisfaction flag won’t be permitted to fly at its navy installations, upholding a Trump-era order established final 12 months.
The Pentagon’s resolution differs from that of the State Division, which has inspired embassies in allied nations to fly the satisfaction flag. Pentagon press secretary John Kirby stated Friday at a information convention that the DOD “will keep the prevailing coverage from July 2020 concerning the show or depiction of unofficial flags.” He informed reporters that “there received’t be an exception made for the Delight flag.”
He added that the transfer “under no circumstances displays any lack of respect or admiration for folks of the LGBTQ+ neighborhood, personnel out and in of uniform who serve on this division.”
“We’re happy with them,” he stated.
Kirby commented that DOD will proceed the ban with the intention to keep away from challenges that would probably come from making an exception to the coverage. He stated that Secretary of Protection Lloyd Austin will take part Delight Month festivities on the Pentagon this week.
Austin “encourages all instructions to likewise discover methods to acknowledge the service and contributions of the LGBTQ+ neighborhood in protection of this nation,” Kirby famous in a press release.
In April, Secretary of State Antony Blinken licensed United States embassies and consulates around the globe to fly the Delight flag on the identical pole because the American flag to sign solidarity with the homosexual neighborhood and a dedication to securing homosexual rights domestically and internationally. The Blinken directive was speculated to be efficient earlier than Might 17, the worldwide day in opposition to homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia, and thru June, which is Delight Month for a lot of nations across the globe, International Coverage reported.
The DOD transfer comes after Consultant Nicole Malliotakis (R, N.Y.) proposed laws, known as the Stars and Stripes Act, that may prohibit the Black Lives Matter (BLM) and different “political” flags from flying at United States diplomatic outposts.
She launched the invoice in response to a leaked State Division memo revealing that Blinken had ordered the BLM banner to be displayed at U.S. embassies in remembrance of the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s dying.
“The Division helps the usage of the time period ‘Black Lives Matter’ in messaging content material, speeches, and different diplomatic engagements with overseas audiences to advance racial fairness and entry to justice on Might 25 and past. We encourage posts to give attention to the necessity to remove systemic racism and its continued impression,” the memo stated.