It is commonly believed here in Texas that the Texas flag is the only state flag legally allowed to fly at the same height as the US Flag. The rationale for this is the belief that the privilege was granted to Texas because it was the only state with independent nation status before its admission to the union in The United States.

It certainly sounds plausible especially, if you're a Texan.

Snopes investigated this claim.  They determined that it was false.

The federal flag code prescribes that anytime the US national flag is flown along with state flags, the stars and stripes of "Old Glory"  should be given a position of superior prominence.

Among other things, this means if the national flag is flown on the same halyard as a state flag, the national flag is on top. If they are flown on separate staffs the flag of the USA is flown to the right (or the observer's left" of the state flag and from an equal or greater height,

Photo by Avi Werde on Unsplash
Photo by Avi Werde on Unsplash Position of the Texas Flag here is wrong.

As long as all the other positional guidelines of the flag code are properly observed, any single state flag can be flown from the same eight as the US national flag. As special as we all think Texas is, there is nothing in the federal code that specifies any exceptions for the Texas flag.

Photo by Megan Bucknall on Unsplash
Photo by Megan Bucknall on Unsplash

There is nothing in the Texas flag code that would create or likewise acknowledge any exceptions. In fact, Texas' own flag code follows the federal flag code in all respects where the flying of the national flag and the Texas flag are concerned.


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