TEXAS – Vet protests HOA restriction with upside down flag display
Posted on May 21, 2013 at 9:36 AM
HOUSTON—After fighting for his country, a Houston homeowner said he’s been forced to fight his HOA to fly his American flag. “Only me,” said Billy Martin, who once fought in Vietnam and serves as a military Chaplain. “I’m the only one in this entire place have they demanded I remove my flag and flag pole.” That’s why the stars and stripes in front of Martin’s home fly upside down. He called it his way of protesting the Forest Lake Townhome Association for filing a lawsuit and slapping him with a $200 a day fine.
Some of his neighbors fly flags, but theirs are attached to their houses. According to the lawsuit, Martin’s flag violates the community’s bylaws because the flag pole rests on common grounds owned by the HOA. Read more: