An woman in Oregon is being threatened with eviction if she refuses to remove an American flag that is hanging in her front window. The woman has been asked to place the “colored drape” on a flag pole instead.
Elodia Royce, a 58-year-old Clackamas County, Oregon resident, received an eviction notice two weeks ago after her neighbor brought a complaint to the landlord, saying she had a “colored drape” in her window. That “colored drape” is an American flag that has been displayed for six years that she says is “in support of her family and friends who have served in the military.”
“They fought for our freedoms and this is a freedom I should have,” Royce says. “My grandfather, aunts and uncles served. My ex-husband served in Desert Storm and his entire family are military folks.”
“I called the office and told her it was not a drape. It’s the American flag,” Royce says. She was told by the landlord that she had until Monday to remove it.
The rental management company has offered Royce a compromise, saying they will install a flag pole in front of her apartment (she had previously been told by an apartment manager that she could not hang the flag on a pole but could hang it in her window).
Royce, a grandmother of nine, tells reporters that she hates conflict but refuses to take down the American flag.
Attorney Troy Pickard says the law is on Royce’s side, however. “It says when a tenant is breaking some kind of rule and the landlord knows about it, but keeps accepting rent for three rental periods, then the landlord gives up the right to terminate that tenancy because of that rule violation,” Pickard notes.