Protecting The Flag: Constitutional Amendment Would Allow States To Protect Our National Symbol

In: All News   Posted 06/15/2006

WASHINGTON –The Senate Judiciary approved a constitutional amendment Thursday to protect the flag of the United States. The bipartisan amendment would authorize Congress to prohibit the physical desecration of the nation’s most important symbol. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), a member of the committee, is an original co-sponsor of the amendment (S.J. Res. 12). The amendment passed by a vote of 11-7.The constitutional amendment states: “The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States.” It was introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and is co-sponsored by 59 other senators, including Sen. Cornyn. “In 1989 the United States Supreme Court ‘discovered’ a constitutional ‘right’ to burn the American flag in the case of Texas v. Johnson—the existence of this right was news to the American people,” Cornyn said. “But the First Amendment was never understood to guarantee the right to desecrate the American flag, and the American people are not required to sit idly by and accept the Court’s decision. This amendment, if passed, will be presented to the states for a vote which will allow them to decide, as our Constitution allows.”