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Senate approves resolution supporting U.S. ban on flag burning

Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- The Senate passed a resolution on Monday urging Congress to outlaw flag burning.

The resolution is in conjunction with efforts in other states to urge Congress to ban the physical desecration of the American flag through a constitutional amendment that would have to be ratified by the states.

The Senate passed the measure 18-1. Sen. Kim Elton, D-Juneau, cast the lone vote against the measure.

Elton said he is a Vietnam War veteran who is offended by those who burn the American flag as a protest gesture, but also wary of the government limiting free speech in such a way.

Copies of the resolution will be sent to Vice President Dick Cheney and Congressional leaders.

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-- The resolution is House Joint Resolution 30.



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