UPDATED 11:56 AM PT – Saturday, June 5, 2021
The Department of Justice have made the decision to maintain a Trump-era policy that limits unofficial flags to be displayed at military installations. The Pentagon announced on Friday that the department will maintain the 2020 policy because they believe rescinding it would cause greater problems. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that after close consideration, flying the LGBTQ+ flag will not be an exception.
The Pentagon says that it will keep a Trump era policy which limits unofficial flags on military installations, which means Pride flags will not be allowed to be flown by the U.S. military.
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June is recognized as Pride Month, which represents the recognition and celebration of the LQBTQ+ community. Kirby went on to say that this decision did not stem from any lack of respect or admiration for this group and that the Defense Department will continue to celebrate and honor LGBTQ+ members who serve the U.S.
“This was really more about the potential for other challenges that could arise from that exception, that specific exception,” he expressed. “It’s certainly not a statement of anything other than the fact that full respect and admiration for that service.”
The Pentagon policy only allows National League of POW/MIA flags, U.S. state flags and those for military units and allied countries.