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Proposed law could limit pride flags at public buildings

Published on January 2, 2024 at 11:20 am

A Senate Republican has proposed a bill that would restrict the types of flags that can be flown by local governments, schools and colleges, including possibly preventing LGBTQ pride flags.

Sen. Jonathan Martin, R-Fort Myers, filed the bill (SB 1120) for consideration during the legislative session that will start Jan. 9.

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Under it, government agencies could not “display a flag that represents a political viewpoint, including, but not limited to, a politically partisan, racial, sexual orientation and gender, or political ideology viewpoint.”

Rep. David Borrero, R-Sweetwater, filed a similar bill (HB 901) on Dec. 18.

Equality Florida, a LGBTQ-advocacy organization, criticized Borrero’s bill.

“If conservative lawmakers won’t stop trying to erase us, we won’t stop showing up to oppose them,” the group said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.

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