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Woman told she can't fly American flag outside home

Woman Told She Can't Fly American Flag Outside Home

Julia Lease has flown an American flag outside her Ohio residence for the past 36 years, but now she's being told to take down Old Glory.

​Lease: "They want this flag taken down because they says it detracts from the looks of the apartment complex. Well, I can't see how an American flag can detract from anything."

Eighty-six-year-old Lease says she found a notice on her door but kept the flag up regardless. She was told her complex would send a second notice and take it down - something Lease called "stealing." Fox News seemed to agree with her definition.

"The rental company says tenants are not allowed to hang anything from their units and allowing an American flag would be considered unfair. ... She isn't giving up because the flag is 'something worth fighting for.' Bless her heart."

And now according to The Washington Times, people are stepping up to defend Lease, including veterans groups and politicians.

But a representative for New Life Multi-Family Management, which owns Lease's property, says the policy is "neutral" and it's not about the flag. It's an overarching rule that says no one can affix things to their buildings.

And this seems to fit right in with the string of flag controversies we've seen making the news.

In June, a Marine veteran in Virginia was told to take down the flag outside his condo. Management said it could only be flown during a holiday, a policy his condominium later revised.

"This is the American flag. This is freedom of speech."

​In August, a Georgia woman's homeowner's association told her she had to take down her American and Israeli flags. The HOA said the flags were unapproved.

"She says the flags have been up for two years and says a neighbor has now complained."

​"It's stressful."

There is actually a law that allows people to fly their flags, at least at condominiums. It says:

"A condominium association, cooperative association, or residential real estate management association may not adopt or enforce any policy, or enter into any agreement, that would restrict or prevent an association member from displaying the U.S. flag on residential property."

As for Lease, she's wondering why this is a problem now, after 36 years. We contacted a local reporter who said a new company purchased the complex in 2011. However, that still means three years passed before the company said anything about the flag.

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whstokey August 29 2014 at 8:18 PM

Tell them to KYA and fly it anyhow. If they take action against you then bring a law suit.

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goskeith1 August 29 2014 at 8:44 PM

I say we get together with ALL the tennants and put a flag on every patio in the complex I will start with a donation of 10 flags and poles ANYONE else!!!.

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Tim Hartzell August 29 2014 at 8:50 PM

Fly the flag no matter what. It's worth fighting for no matter what.

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Bernie August 29 2014 at 8:35 PM

I’m sure the complex management has no complaints about the green of the US dollars their tenants pay them with…….
This is the United States of America and it’s high time the U.S. Supreme court took a stand on this issue…..

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colloc August 29 2014 at 8:30 PM

Just more Liberal anti-American crap. If it has been up for 36 years it should be "grandfathered" in.

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John Roberson August 29 2014 at 8:29 PM

Wonder who owns these properties now; the Chinese, the Muslims, etc. have they changed the rules to make their opinions the order of the day. And what about flowers, plants, bird feeders, etc.

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Ray Walters August 29 2014 at 8:33 PM

Add a comment... Liberals hate America.

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Brackens August 29 2014 at 8:39 PM

Kinda like ABC telling their employees they can't wear American flags on their clothing. I quit watching ABC. I don't like the rainbow flag, it offends me but I just ignore it. What a country. I wouldn't take the flag down on a bet, now.

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investigatorkch August 29 2014 at 8:44 PM

all you OHIO vets........ we have a place to meet..........

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cigarpal August 29 2014 at 8:43 PM

This country is ******* insane.

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