Pentagon reviewing policy limiting flags displayed at military bases: report

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The Pentagon is reviewing a policy which limits certain flags that can be displayed at military bases, CNN reported on Tuesday. 

The new changes to the policy could allow symbols such as the Pride flag being displayed at their bases, though an official said in the CNN report that no changes have been made yet, suggesting concerns over whether other cause-related flags and symbols could be displayed. 

“This goes beyond the issue of the Pride flag,” an official said in the CNN report. 

Former Defense Secretary Mark Esper (R) put in place the current policy, which banned Confederate flags and other hate symbols being displayed at their military bases last summer. 

According to CNN, Esper put out a memo in July 2020, establishing that the American flag and the POW/MIA flag will be flown at the bases. The Pride flag was included in that memo as well. 

The review of the policy comes as the country gears up for LGBTQ Pride Month in June. 

Secretary of State Antony Blinken (D) in April  issued an authorization on having the Pride flag being displayed at diplomatic embassies 

The Hill has reached out to the Pentagon for comment.

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