U.S. Embassy to Vatican Flies Gay-Rainbow Flag at Start of LGBT Pride Month

By Julia Johnson | June 1, 2021 | 4:35pm EDT
LGBT-Rainbow flag draped on the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See, Rome, Italy, June 1, 2021.  (Twitter)
LGBT-Rainbow flag draped on the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See, Rome, Italy, June 1, 2021. (Twitter)

(CNS News) -- The U.S. Embassy to The Holy See (the Vatican), tweeted a photo of its building draped with a large gay-rainbow flag on Tuesday, the beginning of Gay Pride Month.

“The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See celebrates #PrideMonth with the Pride flag on display during the month of June. The United States respects the dignity and equality of LGBTQI+ people. LGBTQI+ rights are human rights,” said the U.S. Embassy in a tweet. 

The U.S. Embassy to The Holy See is also referred to as Embassy Vatican, and serves as the home of United States’ diplomacy with the Roman Catholic Church.  

The Catholic Church teaches that homosexual acts – not the same-sex inclination – are “intrinsically disordered.” Such behavior is “contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.”

However, the Church also teaches that homosexual persons “must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God's will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord's Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.”

The U.S. embassy also released two more Pride-associated tweets.

 One included Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s quote: “As we celebrate Pride Month this June, let us not only observe how far we have come in the struggle for the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons, but also acknowledge the challenges that remain,” alongside a rainbow flag.

The other reads, “Happy #Pride2021! The United States stands with the global LGBTQI+ community,” and includes a picture of the White House lit with rainbow colors. 

For International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on May 17, Secretary Blinken okayed the flying of LGBT-rainbow flags at U.S. embassies during and even on the same flagpole as the American flag, reported to The New York Post.

Embassies were previously blocked from this action in 2019 during the Trump administration. 

A bill to prohibit “the flying of any flag other than the U.S. flag over U.S. diplomatic and consular posts,” received a number of new cosponsors on Tuesday, June 1. This comes as several U.S. embassies flew Black Lives Matter flags on the anniversary of George Floyd’s death, which CNS News reported on. 

The bill was originally introduced in January by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.). Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.), Rep. Rick Crawford (R-Ark.) and Rep. Brian Mast (R-Fla.) have all joined as co-sponsors.

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