Utah: HOA calls U.S. flag a ‘holiday decoration,’ fines resident for not taking it down

Utah: HOA calls U.S. flag a ‘holiday decoration,’ fines resident for not taking it down

[Ed. – The point here isn’t whether the HOA has the right to do this.  It does.  The point is that the HOA is morally wrong to do this, and should change its policy.  Be ashamed, HOA.]

Residents at a condominium complex in Murray, Utah, are being fined by their homeowners association for flying the American Flag outside of their properties.

Fox 13 in Salt Lake City reported that the approximately 60 homeowners at Chestnut Place were directed to take down their flags after a recent homeowners association board meeting during which a pair of members expressed discontent with flags at the complex.

“After the last board meeting, we were leaving and two members of the board and a resident said they were tired of looking at the flag,” explained Jo Ann Dugay, who serves on the homeowners association. “They said, ‘is this flag row?’ And that something needed to be done about it.”

After residents were instructed to remove their flags, one resident, Erin Worthen, refused to do so and was fined $75. She was also delivered a notice reading, “All exterior decorations must be removed within 10 days following the holiday. … Please remove your flag from the common area (Utah Community Association Act. 57-8a-219).”

Worthen balked at the characterization of the American Flag as a “decoration.”

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