Only U.S. and Texas flags will be flown outside Williamson County buildings, no Pride, POW/MIA flags

Only U.S. and Texas flags will be flown outside Williamson County buildings, no Pride, POW/MIA flags


NOT CLEAR IF ANYONE WAS HURT. 2-SYDNEY:ONLY TWO FLAGS ARE ALLOWED TO FLY OUTSIDE PUBLIC BUILDINGS IN WILLIAMSON COUNTY: THE AMERICAN FLAG AND THE TEXAS FLAG.THE COMMISSIONERS COURT MADE THE DECISION TODAY AFTER TWO JUSTICES OF THE PEACE ASKED TO DISPLAY ANOTHER FLAG OUTSIDE THEIR RESPECTIVE BUILDINGS. ROBERT:THE JUDGES WANTED TO PUT OUT A RAINBOW PRIDE FLAG THIS MONTH AND THE POW/MIA FLAG DURING THE WEEK OF VETERANS DAY. ROBERT:KXAN’S WILL DUPREE JOINS US LIVE TO EXPLAIN WHAT ULTIMATELY LED TO THE COMMISSIONERS’ DECISION. WILL? THE COMMISSIONERS SAID THEY GOT A LOT OF FEEDBACK ONLINE ABOUT WHAT TURNED OUT TO BE A DIVISIVE PROPOSAL. THEY ALSO HEARD FROM MORE THAN A DOZEN PEOPLE AT THEIR MEETING HERE TODAY BEFORE THEY DECIDED THAT COUNTY BUILDINGS SHOULD JUST FLY THESE TWO FLAGS. “THE MOTION PASSES 4-0” THAT AFFIRMATIVE VOTE DID NOT GO THE WAY THAT TWO JUSTICES OF THE PEACE WANTED. JUDGES STACY HACKENBERG & KT MUSSELMAN “ONE OF MY CLERKS ASKED ME IS THIS THE HILL YOU WANT TO DIE ON SIX MONTHS INTO YOUR TERM? I DIDN’T ANSWER HER THEN WHEN SHE ASKED, BUT I SAY TO HER TODAY YES”JUDGES STACY HACKENBERG AND K-T MUSSELMAN DID NOT CONVINCE COMMISSIONERS TO ALLOW A RAINBOW PRIDE FLAG AND THE POW/MIA FLAG TO FLY OUTSIDE THEIR BUILDINGS.JUDGE STACY HACKENBERG / JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 4 “I BELIEVE THAT THESE COMMUNITIES DESERVE RECOGNITION AND TO UNDERSTAND THAT THEY ARE WELCOME IN MY COURT”JUDGE KT MUSSELMAN / JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT 1 “WE’VE COME A LONG WAY, BUT WE ARE NOT FULLY EQUAL AND THAT’S WHY THESE SYMBOLS ARE IMPORTANT” THREE PEOPLE SPOKE UP SUPPORTING THAT ARGUMENT. ZACH RODRIGUEZ / SUPPORTED PROPOSAL “NONE OF THIS WAS MEANT TO DIVIDE, BUT INSTEAD UNITE.” HOWEVER, 14 OTHERS VOICED THEIR OPPOSITION.BOBBY SIEFERMAN “ISN’T THE AMERICAN FLAG INCLUSIVE ENOUGH FOR ALL OF US?”BARRY MARCHANT “THE FLAG THAT FLIES OVER THIS COUNTY BUILDING SHOULD BE A FLAG THAT REPRESENTS EVERYBODY” MORE DISSENT CAME ONLINE FROM THE 70-THOUSAND PEOPLE WHO RESPONDED TO THE COUNTY JUDGE’S POLLS ABOUT THE PLAN. THE COMMISSIONERS ENDED UP STIPULATING THAT COUNTY PROPERTY COULD ONLY DISPLAY FLAGS FOR THE U.S., TEXAS AND WILLIAMSON COUNTY. COUNTY JUDGE BILL GRAVELL / WILLIAMSON COUNTY “IN THIS PARTICULAR INSTANCE WE’VE GOT 66 COUNTY BUILDINGS AND 20 THAT FLY FLAGS. FOR ME, JUST SIMPLY WAS, WHERE DO WE STOP?” THE TWO JUDGES WHO MADE THE INITIAL REQUEST TOLD US THAT THEY MAY STILL DISPLAY THE PRIDE FLAG INSIDE THEIR COURTROOMS. NEXT YEAR THEY MAY ALSO BRING UP A DECLARATION TO THE COMMISSIONERS COURT ASKING THEM TO OFFICIALLY VOICE SUPPORT FOR THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY. REPORTING LIVE, WILL DUPREE, KXAN NEWS. SYDNEY: THERE WAS ANOTHER FLAG CONTROVERY IN TEXAS RECENTLY. IT’S THE REASON SIX FLAGS THEME PARKS ONLY FLY ONE TYPE OF FLAG NOW — THE AMERICAN FLAG.THE GRAND PRAIRIE-BASED COMPANY MADE THE DECISION TWO YEARS AGO.UNTIL THEN.. A FEW OF THE COMPANY’S PARKS WERE STILL FLYING SIX FLAGS- INCLUDING THE CONFEDERATE FLAG. EACH OF THE SIX REPRESENTED A SOVEREINTY THAT’S CONTRIBUTED TO TEXAS HISTORY.IN ADDITION TO THE AMERICAN FLAG.. THERE’S SPAIN, FRANCE, MEXICO, THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS AND THE CONFEDERACY.THE PARK ANNOUNCED THE CHANGE WITHIN WEEKS OF THE VIOLENT WHITE NATIONALIST RALLY IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA.ONE WOMAN WAS KILLED AND 19 HURT- WHEN A DRIVER RAMMED INTO A CROWD OF COUNTER- PROTESTERS.ROBERT: SO WHAT ARE THE RULES WHEN IT COMES TO FLYING FLAGS?THE U-S FLAG CODE STIPULATES THAT NO OTHER FLAG BE PLACED IN QUOTE “SUPERIOR PROMINENCE” TO THE AMERICAN FLAG.FOR EXAMPLE – IF MULTIPLE FLAGS SHARE THE SAME POLE -T HE AMERICAN FLAG MUST FLY AT THE PEAK..IF TWO FLAGS ARE SIDE BY SIDE- THE U-S FLAG MUST BE ON THE OTHER FLAG’S RIGHT.AND IF THE AMERICAN FLAG FLIES WITH SEVERAL STATE FLAGS IT MUST BE AT THE CENTER AND HIGHER THAN THE REST.NO FLAG

3 thoughts on “Only U.S. and Texas flags will be flown outside Williamson County buildings, no Pride, POW/MIA flags

  1. Good. Imagine 1000's of ppl wanting "their" flags? If you're human, you're welcome with just those two flags!

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