After a principal quelled violence at a high school Cinco de Mayo celebration by banning the U.S. flag, The State of California will ban Old Glory for good.
California Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning(D) is pointing to the success of the high school flag ban, and the new legislation that makes the ban statewide and permanent.
"Just as the Confederate flag is offensive to many people," Monning said, "the US flag can make people very uncomfortable. When this happens to ethnic and religious minorities, as well as LGBT people, it's like violence against their souls and it can instigate instances of real violence."
Reaction in California and around the country to the banning of the flag was swift and furious.
U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham (R-South Carolina) said, "This is political correctness gone out of control. The idea that we should ban the U.S. flag while allowing all other political and religious symbols is just ludicrous."
All eyes are on the governor to see if he will sign the bill. Meanwhile, mass protests displaying and supporting the American flag are planned for this weekend across most Californian cities. Supporters of the flag ban are vowing to take to the streets as well.