Larry Murphfree just wanted to show his patriotism. So the military veteran put a small United States flag in a flower pot on his front porch. But that small display of love for his country could cost him his house.
The homeowner’s association in his community fined him for displaying the flag, charging him $8,000 and putting a foreclosure lien on his house. He underwent a similar battle last year, but after filing a lawsuit, settled out of court.
Under state and federal law, he is free to display the flag, WTEV reports. But when the news station reached out to the HOA’s attorney, she stated that if Murphfree fails to pay the fine within 30 days, the law office can foreclose on his house.
Murphfree will keep fighting for the right to display his flag.
I want it to go away. It’s such a minor little thing and they keep coming after me.
Murphfree’s hope is that someone can help him with his legal costs – he doesn’t want to move, but won’t compromise his love of country to do so.