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Ga. Marine loses battle to fly two flags

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Former Marine Captain Jim Lowe and his wife say they'll move from their community after losing their fight to fly both the American flag and the Marine Corps colors at their home. Former Marine Captain Jim Lowe and his wife say they'll move from their community after losing their fight to fly both the American flag and the Marine Corps colors at their home.
GRIFFIN, Ga. -

A Georgia veteran has lost his fight to fly two flags outside his home.  Captain Jim Lowe was battling to fly both the American flag and the Marine Corps colors at his Griffin home.  Now, Lowe says he and his wife have no choice but to pack up and move.

The issue was put to a vote at Lowe's retirement community, and though nearly half of the residents who voted backed Lowe's display, it didn't meet the community's standards.

FOX 5 has received emails from people across the country about Lowe, and whether or not he should be allowed to fly both flags.  The vast majority of those who commented said he should be allowed to let them fly, but on Monday, he got word that one of the flags must come down.

"When a bunch of arbitrary rules trump the Constitution, it's a sad date because indeed a piece of America is lost," Lowe said after the decision was made.   

Lowe lives in Sun City-Peachtree, and the covenants there state that homeowners can fly only one flag.  Lowe maintains that the Marine colors always fly with the American flag.  Lowe says the Marine colors represent respect for his service to our country.

But the board of directors at Sun City-Peachtree disagrees.  They count the U.S. flag and the Marine Corps colors as two separate flags, and they say the Lowes knew the rules when they moved in.  The board released a statement saying in part, "A recent poll of residents asking their opinion about a possible change in the number of flags permitted indicated no overwhelming preference for a change in the governing documents."

That leaves Lowe with the choice of taking one of the flags down, or face a fine of $25 a day and a possible lien on their home.  But Lowe and his wife say they have one more option: to move.  They say they've made a lot of new friends there, but the situation is a game-changer, and they plan to leave.

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