Though many believe it's a modern day unwavering symbol of American values that deserves a place on military bases as soldiers see fit, reports now indicate that the United States has launched an investigation into the raising of the Pride flag at an Afghanistan outpost.
We reported last week about images displaying a rainbow flag mightily raised above a U.S. base, uploaded to the Facebook page of "Wipeout Homophobia" by Nicole Jodice and taken of her husband in Afghanistan. It wasn't long before the pics fed the trolls, most notably in the form of Family Research Council's Tony Perkins's rant on Tuesday. Now, with some momentum gained on the reactionary homophobic side, Fox News is claiming that a United States military investigation has been launched into the raising of the Pride flag.
As with anything Fox News, take it with a huge grain of salt rimming your morning-time Margarita:
The military said they are investigating a photograph that shows a soldier allegedly raising a gay pride flag at a base in Afghanistan. The image has drawn praise from gay rights advocates and fierce criticism from opponents.
“We are aware of the photo of the gay pride flag being flown by U.S. service members and we are investigating,” a spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force told Fox News.
At this point, the ISAF cannot confirm where the flag was raised, the identity of the soldier, or the authenticity of the photograph.
How should the military react if it is able to verify the authenticity of the claims made in the posting of the image?