Rep. Susan Davis and three other U.S. Congressman are being sued for displaying Pride Flags outside of their Capitol Hill offices. The plaintiff, Chris Sevier, an attorney who once sued states for the right to marry his laptop, is seeking $1 in damages as well as the removal of flags.
Sevier alleges that homosexuality, and “other forms of self-asserted sex-based identity narratives,” are a religion. He claims that the rainbow flag is a symbol for the “homosexual denomination.”
“The amazing response we’ve gotten has been overwhelmingly supportive,” said Rep. Davis said in response to the lawsuit.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Davis is determined to keep the flag in place.
Davis, who was served with the lawsuit this week, said the flag outside her office isn’t going anywhere and that the legal action only encourages her to double-down on her support for equal rights for members of the LGBTQ community.
Word of the lawsuit has brought defenders to her side, Davis said.
The flag outside of her office has been up since March 2015, and some other members who have heard of the lawsuit have asked where they too can get a flag to display outside of their own office, Davis said.
“It is a symbol of both how far we have come on equality for all Americans and how far we still have to go. It is a symbol of love, of peace, and diversity. I will fight this hateful attempt to silence equality and justice. We have come too far to allow the voices of bigotry and hate to win,” said Rep. Alan Lowenthal, another Democratic Congressman named in the suit.
The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, targets Reps. Davis and Lowenthal of California as well as Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia and Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon.
The plaintiff not only seeks damages and the removal of the rainbow flags, but also asks the court to overturn important Supreme Court decisions such as Lawrence v. Texas and Obergefell V. Hodges. Lawrence v. Texas is a 2003 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that decriminalized same-sex activity across the nation. Obergefell V. Hodges is the landmark 2015 ruling that gave all same-sex couples in the U.S. the right to marry.
“The Defendants know or should know that they are advancing a threat to Democracy…to the point that they are unfit to hold office and should be removed for cause for representing an internalized danger to National Security interests,” said Sevier.