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The Bristol Press – Bristol will only allow American and national flags to be flown on municipal property


BRISTOL — City Council voted on Tuesday to allow only US and state flags to fly on municipal property and to move forward with several building projects.

The change to the city’s flag policy was unanimously approved on Tuesday and will go into effect in 14 days. Several cities, including Southington, have recently voted to adopt similar policies.

“We don’t want to discriminate against anyone, nor do we want to endanger the city for violating freedom of expression if we agree to fly one flag and not another,” Caggiano said. “There was a case recently in Boston where this happened.”

In the Boston case, the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of conservative activist Harold Shurtleff this year when he said the city violated his First Amendment right to free religious exercise by refusing to allow a Christian flag to be temporarily hoisted on the mast outside Boston City Hall. The city had previously allowed other organizations to fly secular flags on the same mast.

In Bristol, Tom Berrill, who represents the Interfaith Coalition for the Preservation of Marriage and Innocence, also called on the City Council to fly a flag representing Christian values ​​at City Hall after a flag from the gay pride was hoisted there.

Caggiano clarified that the Bristol Veterans Council could also nominate suitable military flags which could also be flown on Memorial Boulevard and in local parks.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or [email protected]

Published in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 2:39 PM. Updated: Wednesday June 15, 2022 2:41 PM.