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ACLU: Lafayette proposed flag ban treading in dangerous water

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It's the flagpole that's caused all the controversy. Two weeks ago, a local gay rights group flew a pride flag in Girard Park, which garnered several complaints from local veterans.

The issue was taken up by Lafayette City-Parish councilman Andy Naquin who has come under fire for supporting a ban on any private flags on government property.

"There's always somebody that's going to be angry about a particular flag being flown except for two that I know of: the U.S. flag and the flag of Louisiana," said Naquin.

Naquin is adamant the issue is not about the pride flag in particular, but about setting a precedent. Despite rumors he's spearheading an ordinance on such a ban, Naquin says he and the Lafayette Consolidated Government legal team are just doing research at this point.

"There's misleading information that an ordinance was being created and that's not the case," said Naquin. "We're looking into it because we don't know our rights as local government to limit flag flying."

But the American Civil Liberties Union says such a ban is treading in dangerous water. They released a statement that said, "Such an ordinance runs a serious risk of infringing upon the constitutionally protected expression of Lafayette's residents."

The flag was flown for just that day to celebrate the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. Those who put it up say it was never meant to be a permanent fixture.

Naquin says he welcomes anyone to fly their flags with pride, so long as it's not on a government flagpole.

"The complaints pointed out what could become a problem because if it starts with a private entity, where's it going to stop?" said Naquin.

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