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LGBTQ Pride Flags To Be Banned From Flying At US Embassies

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The $1.2 trillion spending package that needs to pass before Friday to keep the federal government from shutting down includes a provision banning LGBTQ+ flags from being flown at U.S. embassies, according to a source familiar with the interworking of the bill told Bloomberg News.

House Speaker Mike Johnson has been promoting the ban, which was included in the funding agreement, as a victory for Republicans as he tries to rally support for the measure within his party to back the spending package.

“The House and Senate are now working to finalize a package that can quickly be brought to the floor, and I will sign it immediately,” President Biden, said in a statement issued on Tuesday morning.

“As soon as the bill passes the House I will put it on the Senate floor,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Wednesday. “It’s no secret that it’s going to be a tight squeeze to get these funding bills passed before the weekend deadline. So I ask all of my colleagues, Democrat and Republican, House and Senate, to be flexible and prepared so we can finish the appropriations process.”

Many US embassies have flown the Pride flags during June, celebrated as LGBTQ Pride Month, and on May 17, which is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

The practice started during President Barack Obama’s administration and was banned by President Donald Trump in 2019. The ability to fly the flag was reinstituted by the Biden administration in 2021.

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