NBC NEWS: The latest front line in the free speech war is a balcony in the Pennsylvania state Capitol, and it's being fought over marijuana and rainbow flags.
The flags belong to Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, a tattooed 6-foot-8 Democrat considering a run for Senate next year, who hung the pro-legalization green leaf and LGBTQ rights flags from the balcony of his office, which overlooks the state Capitol's front steps.
"The GOP collectively shrugged when a couple of its members were photographed down in D.C. on Jan. 6, but my pride and weed flags are a point of outrage for them?" Fetterman told NBC News, referring to the day of the Capitol riot.
Republicans, who control the Legislature, quietly tucked a provision to ban unauthorized flags on Capitol grounds into a budget bill that passed late last year. After the governor, Tom Wolf, a Democrat who is elected separately from the lieutenant governor, signed it into law (in order to avoid a government shutdown). State employees removed the flags from Fetterman's balcony earlier this week and left them folded in his office.
Fetterman quickly replaced the flags in defiance of the law and says he will continue to do so if they're taken down again until the state legalizes marijuana and outlaws discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. (For the complete article, Click Here.)