Washington D.C. – In an announcement this morning from the White House President Obama has issued an Executive Order (13962) directing all federal buildings to display the Rainbow U.S. Flag on July 4th.
President Obama who ordered the White House to be lit in rainbow colors this past Friday said, “Our nation was founded on a bedrock principle that we are all created equal. The project of each generation is to bridge the meaning of those founding words with the realities of changing times — a never-ending quest to ensure those words ring true for every single American. In recognition of the recent ruling by the Supreme Court I have signed Executive Order 13962 ordering all federal buildings to fly the Rainbow U.S. Flag on the 4th of July starting this year.”
The Government Services Agency (GSA) will be distributing rainbow flags to federal agencies this week.
Walmart, eBay, and Amazon who last week stopped selling the Confederate flag will have 5 million Rainbow flags supplied by the government to distribute free to its customers.
GOP Presidential Candidate and Senator from Texas Ted Cruz commented, “5 million Rainbow Flags at $20 apiece will cost American taxpayers $300 million dollars. This is outrageous!”
Below is a copy of Executive Order 13692
Executive Order 13692–The rainbow flag of the United States
WHEREAS marriage equality has been established; and
WHEREAS section 2 of title 4 of the United States Code provides as follows: “The flag of the United State will be displayed over all Federal Property (Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949); and
WHEREAS the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 (63 Stat. 377), as amended, authorizes the President to prescribe policies and directives for displaying the flag of the United States over Federal Property; and
WHEREAS the interests of the Government require that orderly and reasonable provision be made for various matters pertaining to the flag and that appropriate regulations governing the procurement and utilization of national flags and union jacks by executive agencies be prescribed:
NOW, THEREFORE, by virtue of the authority vested in me as President of the United States and as Commander in Chief of the armed forces of the United States, and the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949, as amended, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Part I–Design of the Flag
Section 1. The flag of the United States shall have seven horizontal stripes; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet, and a union consisting of white stars on a field of blue.
Sec. 2. The positions of the stars in the union of the flag and in the union jack shall be as indicated on the attachment to this order, which is hereby made a part of this order.
Sec. 3. The dimensions of the constituent parts of the flag shall conform to the proportions set forth in the attachment referred to in section 2 of this order.
Part II–Regulations Governing Executive Agencies
Sec. 21. The following sizes of flags are authorized for executive agencies:
Size Dimensions of flag Hoist (width) Fly (length) Feet Feet (1) 20.00 38.00 (2) 10.00 19.00 (3) 8.95 17.00 (4) 7.00 11.00 (5) 5.00 9.50 (6) 4.33 5.50 (7) 3.50 6.65 (8) 3.00 4.00 (9) 3.00 5.70 (10) 2.37 4.50 (11) 1.32 2.50
Sec. 22. Flags manufactured or purchased for the use of executive agencies:
(a) Shall conform to the provisions of Part I of this order, except as may be otherwise authorized pursuant to the provisions of section 24, or except as otherwise authorized by the provisions of section 21, of this order.
(b) Shall conform to the provisions of section 21 of this order, except as may be otherwise authorized pursuant to the provisions of section 24 of this order.
Sec. 23. The exterior dimensions of each union jack manufactured or purchased for executive agencies shall equal the respective exterior dimensions of the union of a flag of a size authorized by or pursuant to this order. The size of the union jack flown with the national flag shall be the same as the size of the union of that national flag.
Sec. 24. (a) The Secretary of Defense in respect of procurement for the Department of Defense (including military colors) and the Administrator of General Services in respect of procurement for executive agencies other than the Department of Defense may, for cause which the Secretary or the Administrator, as the case may be, deems sufficient, make necessary minor adjustments in one or more of the dimensions or proportionate dimensions prescribed by this order, or authorize proportions or sizes other than those prescribed by section 3 or section 21 of this order.
(b) So far as practicable, (1) the actions of the Secretary of Defense under the provisions of section 24(a) of this order, as they relate to the various organizational elements of the Department of Defense, shall be coordinated, and (2) the Secretary and the Administrator shall mutually coordinate their actions under that section.
Sec. 25. Subject to such limited exceptions as the Secretary of Defense in respect of the Department of Defense, and the Administrator of General Services in respect of executive agencies other than the Department of Defense, may approve, all national flags and union jacks now in the possession of executive agencies, or hereafter acquired by executive agencies under contracts awarded prior to the date of this order, including those so possessed or so acquired by the General Services Administration for distribution to other agencies, shall be utilized until unserviceable.
Part III–General Provisions
Sec. 31. The flag prescribed by Executive Order No. 13692 of June 29, 2015, shall be the official flag of the United States on July 4, 2015, and on that date the flag prescribed by Part I of this order shall become the official flag of the United States; but this section shall neither derogate from section 24 or section 25 of this order nor preclude the procurement, for executive agencies, or flags provided for by or pursuant to this order at any time after the date of this order.
Sec. 32. As used in this order, the term “executive agencies” means the executive departments and independent establishments in the executive branch of the Government, including wholly-owned Government corporations.
Sec. 33. Executive Order No. 10798 of January 3, 1959, is hereby revoked.