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Biden criticizes Republicans for banning LGBT flags on embassies

By thus avoiding a paralysis, a “shutdown”, of public services.

The conservative right of the Republicans included in this 1,100-page budget text the ban on American embassies around the world from flying the LGBT flag.

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“President Biden finds it inappropriate to take advantage of the need to let government function to include this measure that targets LGBTQI+ Americans,” a White House spokesperson said Saturday.

“We succeeded in defeating more than 50 other measures attacking the LGBTQI+ community that Congressional Republicans were trying to include in the law,” added the spokesperson, emphasizing that “the president is committed to fighting for equality of LGBTQI+ in his country and abroad”.

The law stipulates that only the American Stars and Stripes and official flags can benefit from funding to fly on the masts of chancelleries.

The measure is part of a long-running cultural battle between Democrats and Republicans.

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Under the presidency of Donald Trump, the head of diplomacy Mike Pompeo ordered that only the American flag be hung on the pediments of embassies, provoking strong protests from the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi, trans) community.

In power since 2021, Joe Biden has made the defense of sexual minorities a strong axis of his diplomacy. His Secretary of State Antony Blinken not only authorized but encouraged American missions to raise the rainbow flag in June, Pride month.

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