LAW OF THE LAND
Judge orders city:
Fly the 'gay' flag
Federal jurist sides with homosexuals seeking 49 rainbow banners on bridge
Posted: June 8, 2005
3:00 p.m. Eastern
A federal judge is siding with homosexual activists in America's oldest city, ordering St. Augustine, Fla., to fly 49 "gay-pride" flags on its Bridge of Lions.
The ruling from U.S. District Judge Henry Lee Adams Jr. says the rainbow banners are to be flown for six days starting today.
"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."
The judicial mandate comes in connection with a lawsuit filed by Rev. Ruth Jensen and Vicki Waldren of the St. Augustine Pride Committee and other pro-homosexual groups, after the city rejected a request to display the banners for a week during June, which is "gay pride" month.
Adams' decision was based in part on First Amendment violations and "irreparable harm and loss if they are prohibited from flying their rainbow flags during the week of the annual gay pride celebration," according to the Florida Times-Union.
Jensen, a homosexual-rights activist, had been told by the city the flags could not fly on the bridge, as the structure was reserved for groups of historical significance.
"It goes to affirm for us the importance of following through and not accepting a decision that we don't believe is right," Jensen told the paper. "All too often, groups, particularly minority groups, listen to the decisions that are handed down and accept them without attempting to remedy them."
Attorney Sonya Hoener, who represented the city, said the plaintiffs did not have legal standing to file the suit and suffered no injuries by St. Augustine's rejection.
"Plaintiffs are trying to attribute bad motives to the city when there are none on the record," Hoener said.
She pointed out that the group was allowed last year to carry the flags across the bridge, and allowing the banners might prompt others, such as anti-homosexual groups, to request to fly flags.
The "gay-pride" flag, designed by Gilbert Baker, debuted in 1978 at San Francisco's Gay and Lesbian Freedom Day Parade, with the colors said to represent life, healing, the sun, harmony and spirit.
According to the city's website, St. Augustine, founded in 1565, is the "oldest continuously occupied settlement of European origin in the United States. Forty-two years before the English colonized Jamestown and fifty-five years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, the Spanish established at St. Augustine this nation's first enduring settlement."
I'm not getting in that basket.
The thing is starting to smoke.
Is there a "I'm not a queer" flag?
Thanks to entitlements and the destruction of the family.
Entitlements are at the mainstay of the democratic party's hold on power for 5 decades. They buy enough votes through this process to maintain power and promote their agenda of homosexuality and baby killing. The fags and baby murderers give the losers my hard earned money and in return get to keep killing babies and screwing each other in the ass.
The destruction of the family got men out of the home and left young men's instruction to...you guessed it, faggots and baby killers.
And it cannot be fixed via the political process. Way too late for that. In fact, you could say that is what got us in this mess as all of the shit I mentioned above are a result of giving women the right to vote.
But it oppresses gays, so you can't fly it.