'ONE American flag flies!' Pence defends State Department's ban on flying rainbow flag at embassies

Mail Online | 6/11/2019 | Katelyn Caralle, U.s. Political Reporter For Dailymail.com
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Vice President Mike Pence said he 'supports' the State Department's decision to not grant requests to fly the rainbow Gay Pride flag on the flagpoles outside American embassies.

'I'm aware that the State Department indicated that the flagpole of our American embassies that one flag should flag, and that's the American flag,' Pence told NBC News in an interview on Monday. 'And I support that.'

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'When it comes to the American flagpole at American embassies at capital across the world, having the one American flag fly, I think, is the right decision,' he continued.

NBC reported last week that President Donald Trump's State Department was declining request from embassies to flag the rainbow flag during June, which is LGBTQ Pride Month.

Diplomats - Israel - Germany - Brazil - Latvia

According to diplomats, at least Israel, Germany, Brazil and Latvia were told they could not fly the flag outside the embassies. But the pride flag can be seen elsewhere on embassies grounds, like inside or on exterior walls.

Pence said, however, that there were no other restrictions on flying other flags in other areas of the embassies.

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'We put no restrictions on displaying any other flags or any other displays at our embassies beyond that,' the vice president said.

The U.S. embassy in Seoul, South Korea hung a rainbow flag on the side of the embassy building, right behind the flagpole where the American flag is flying.

Pence - Supporter - Marriage

Pence is a classic conservative and a staunch supporter of traditional marriage.

He has come under fire in the past for his views on gay marriage and LGBTQ rights, including opposing the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' a military policy that prevented service members from openly identifying as homosexual.

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