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Judge denies removal of Pride Flag from Congressional offices

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Judge Randolph Moss of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia tossed out, March 26, a lawsuit filed against Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, and other members of Congress by a man who claimed representatives’ display of the rainbow-colored Pride Flag outside their Washington D.C. offices was illegal.

Lowenthal, according to his office, was the first member of Congress to display the Pride Flag, often flown as a symbol of solidarity and support for LGBT individuals, reported Press-Telegram.

“I will continue to proudly fly the Pride Flag outside my office as a symbol of love, peace, equality, and humanity to every visitor to Capitol Hill,” Lowenthal said in a statement Wednesday. “I will never give in to intolerance, even when cloaked in the guise of legality.”

The plaintiff, Chris Sevier of Nashville, Tenn., professed in his original complaint that displaying a Pride Flag outside a congressional representative’s office is an unconstitutional act on the basis of his contention the rainbow flag amounts to a “‘religious symbol’ for the homosexual denomination within the overall church of ‘western expressive individualism postmodern moral relativism.’”

Sevier said he has also filed more than a dozen lawsuits regarding his claim that he has a right to marry a laptop computer, and that he is expecting different outcomes depending upon whether the cases go before liberal or conservative Christian jurists.

A federal judge has already dismissed another case Sevier filed against Utah officials over his inability to marry a computer, according to a March 19 report from Fox 13 Salt Lake City. The judge in that case determined that Sevier’s real objective was to seek a reversal of the Supreme Court’s affirmation of a right to same-sex marriage in its 2015 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges.

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