Judge Forces Gay Pride on City

Thursday, June 09, 2005

U.S. District Judge Henry Lee Adams Jr. ordered the city of St. Augustine, FL, to fly 49 "gay-pride" flags on its Bridge of Lions for six straight days. The mandate began yesterday.

"Permitting a group to fly their flag from the Bridge of Lions enables that group to say 'We exist and this is what we stand for,'" said Karen Doering, staff attorney with the National Center for Lesbian Rights. "By denying this application, these city administrators are denying my clients their constitutionally guaranteed rights to freedom of speech and equal access under the law. That violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments."

Uh-huh. I'll remember that when a group of citizens try to hang Christmas flags from the bridge come Jesus' birthday. I'll remember that when members of the KKK try to hang their flags whenever they feel like saying "We exist and this is what we stand for." I'll remember that when members of the Free Republic fly their 49 Confederate battle flags.

Then we'll see if the Lesbian Rights crusaders continue to throw the First and Fourteenth Amendments at us. If, because of this ruling by a Clinton judge, cities will now be required to fly "gay-pride" flags to satisfy "equal access under the law," then every organization regardless of popularity must be granted such access.