Wednesday, April 13, 2011

AZ bill gives Gadsden Flag same protection as Old Glory

A bill approved by the House and Senate would preclude HOAs or condominium associations from barring residents from flying the Gadsden flag. The move, if approved by Gov. Jan Brewer, would give the black-on-yellow flag with a coiled rattlesnake the same protected status as the U.S. flag, the flags of any branch of the military, the state flag, the POW-MIA flag and the flag of any Indian nation.

Backers say it’s simply a recognition that this was one of the earliest flags used by colonists in the rebellion against the British.

But Democrats see something a little less patriotic — and a little more political.

Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix, pointed out that the flag has become the symbol of the tea party. He said that sets a bad precedent.