Cornyn Backs Flag Protection Amendment

In: All News   Posted 01/16/2003

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. John Cornyn joined Sens. Orrin Hatch, (R-Utah), and Dianne Feinstein, (D-Calif.), and a bipartisan group of 40 other senators Thursday to introduce a constitutional amendment banning desecration of the American flag, a symbol of freedom and democracy throughout the world. "Our flag represents the thousands of brave men and women who have died over the years to protect the freedoms we all cherish,” Sen. Cornyn said. “Their memory strengthens our commitment to protect this symbol of American ideals.” Sen. Hatch re-introduced the amendment (S.J. Res. 4) to ban flag burning and other forms of desecration after it stalled last year in the 107th Congress. The proposed amendment reads as follows: “The Congress shall have the power to prohibit the physical desecration of the Flag of the United States.”"The tragic events of September 11 refocused many Americans on the sacrifices that have been made to keep our flag flying. We are united behind President Bush in the war against terrorism around the world and our flag is, now more than ever, a symbol of that resolve,” Sen. Cornyn said. introducing the proposed amendment, Sen. Hatch said, “Whatever our differences of party, race, religion, or socio-economic status, the flag reminds us that we are very much one people, united in a shared destiny, bonded in a common faith in our nation.” Amendments to the Constitution require approval by two-thirds of both houses of Congress as well as ratification by three-fourths of the states. Groups in favor of the amendment include the American Legion, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society of the U.S.A., AMVETS, the Alliance of Women Veterans, the American War Mothers, the Knights of Columbus, the Fraternal Order of Police, and the African-American Women’s Clergy Association.