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Gay Pride flag flies in Afghanistan

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One of a series of photographs that purport to show a soldier raising a rainbow flag at a base in Afghanistan.

AFGHANISTAN – The U.S. military is investigating a series of photographs that show a soldier allegedly raising a Gay Pride flag at a base in Afghanistan.

The series of three photographs were originally posted on the wall of a Facebook group called Wipeout Homophobia by Nicole Jodice, who wrote the message “Hubbie in Afghanistan raising a Gay Pride flag.”

Gay activists have responded positively to the posting praising the flag-flying, but some conservatives are furious saying that U.S. troops are in mortal peril because of it.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, an anti-gay, anti-choice group, wrote, “There, in the dusty desert of war, an Army outpost saluted the colors of the homosexual lobby by flying a rainbow flag in place of Old Glory.”

Perkins continued, comparing the flying of the gay flag to the accidental Koran burnings earlier this year, “After February’s accident with the Korans, American lives were lost. What price will we pay because some want to use the military to show their gay pride?”

Queerty.com responded with the comment that Mr. Perkins wasn’t as concerned over the Koran burnings a few weeks ago, when he said, “It doesn’t hold a torch to what’s happening to faith in America.”

The International Security Assistance Force told Fox News that it is investigating the incident, but said they were unsure where in Afghanistan the flag was raised, who was raising it, and the photograph’s authenticity.

Jodice wrote in a follow up note that the picture was not Photoshopped, and thanked people for their support.

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