Four Congressmembers are being sued for displaying rainbow flags in the hallway outside their Washington, D.C. offices.
The man suing is attorney Chris Sevier who has a history of bizarre stunts opposing same-sex marriage and LGBTI rights.
Sevier has sued several states for the right to marry his ‘porn-filled’ laptop computer, trying to make a point about court rulings on same-sex marriage.
In this case, he is asking a federal court to find that “‘homosexuality” and other forms of self-asserted sex-based identity narratives are a “religion,’” as his 38-page complaint details.
He further wants the court to find that rainbow flag and other rainbow banners are religious symbols of the ‘homosexual denomination.’
If Sevier can get that religious finding, he believes he can get the flags removed since religious symbols are not permitted on government property.
However, the US Supreme Court has ruled several times that some religious symbols, including the Ten Commandments, can be displayed on government property since they carry secular meaning to some people, religious meaning to others.
“The time, place, and manner of the installation of the gay pride rainbow colored flags is unconstitutional,” Sevier’s suit alleges.
He is seeking $1 in damages. Yes, you read that right. One dollar.
The four Congressmembers, all Democrats, being sued are Susan Davis of San Diego, Alan Lowenthal of Long Beach, California, Don Beyer of Alexandria, Virginia, and Earl Blumenauer of Portland, Oregon.
Despite the suit, none of the representative have any intention of removing the rainbow flag from their offices.
In fact, Davis told the San Diego Union-Tribune that upon hearing of the lawsuit, other Congressmembers have asked where they can get rainbow flags to display outside of their offices.
‘Be assured that hateful lawsuits are not going to stop me from celebrating our nation’s diversity,” Davis said on her Congressional website. ‘If anything, this lawsuit is a reminder of the need for us to work even harder for full equality for all Americans.’
Blumenthal said on Facebook, ‘Nothing is going to stop me from fighting for equality, justice, and peace.’
Similarly, Lowenthal said on Facebook, ‘[The rainbow flag] is a symbol of both how far we have come on equality for all Americans and how far we still have to go. It is a symbol of love, of peace, and diversity’
‘I will fight this hateful attempt to silence equality and justice. We have come too far to allow the voices of bigotry and hate to win,’ Lowenthal continued.
Meanwhile Beyer told TalkingPointsMemo.com that his rainbow flag isn’t going anywhere either.
‘Of all the pictures and displays in my office, it draws the most consistent appreciation from constituents who visit us in DC,’ Beyer said.
‘It is a symbol of the values we hold dear: acceptance and celebration of diversity, the fight for equality, and love,’ Beyer continued. ‘We will continue to display it proudly.’