Washington State Flag Desecration

Think twice before publicly mutilating, defacing, defiling, burning, or trampling upon the Washington State flag.

It is a crime in Washington. Yes that is right, the Revised Code of Washington prohibits pretty much doing anything bad to the state flag.1  This law is pretty surprising to me because of how the use and sometimes abuse of governmental flags are viewed to be protected expressive conduct.

Flag of Washington State
Flag of Washington State

This state law directly conflicts with a couple of cases that uphold the right to use government flags to convey speech.

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