Topeka Two groups whose recent events at the Capitol were disrupted by police will return there Saturday for “A Celebration of the First Amendment.”
During a rally June 24 on the Capitol grounds, Capitol Police blocked members of the Kansas Equality Coalition from carrying U.S., Kansas and rainbow flags, saying the flagpoles could be used as weapons.
News reports later showed that groups in the past have been allowed to bring flags on the Statehouse grounds.
On June 1, police interfered with a National Organization for Women news conference, saying three spare tires that were being used as a prop had to be removed. The prop was in response to remarks by state Rep. Pete DeGraaf, R-Mulvane, who compared purchasing separate abortion insurance to carrying a spare tire in his car in case he had a flat.
The Saturday rally is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. on the Capitol’s south steps.