The US Department of Defense will adhere to the existing policy on unofficial flags and will not make an exception for displaying the LGBT flag on military bases, Department spokesman John Kirby told CNN.
At the same time, he stressed that this decision “in no way affects the respect and admiration” of employees-representatives of the LGBTQ+ community.
It is noted that the decision of the Pentagon is contrary to the decision of the State Department. The channel recalls that Secretary of State Antony Blinken in April issued a general permit to US diplomatic missions to raise the LGBT flag on the same flagpole as the American flag.
Last year, Mark Esper, then the US Secretary of Defense, signed an order that contained a list of flags allowed to be displayed at military facilities. The Confederate flag and the LGBT flag were not included. As a Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden supported the Pentagon’s ban on displaying the Confederate flag, but criticized the ban on the LGBT flag, promising to return this right.