Iwo Jima photo featuring gay pride flag draws criticism

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A recreation of the famous Iwo Jima photo that replaced the American flag with a gay pride flag has received a bevy of criticism.

The controversial photo is recreated from Joe Rosenthal's iconic photo that netted him a Pulitzer Prize. The original picture, taken in 1945, features five service members placing the flag atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima, and is recreated at the Marine Corps War Memorial outside Washington, D.C.

After the recreated photo went viral following the Supreme Court's decision to legalize gay marriage last Friday, a number of people on social media criticized it for trying to equate the struggle for gay marriage with that of military hardship.

"The gay flag remake of the flag that flew at Iwo Jima is just insulting to America and those who have died for this country," one person tweeted.

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