An Arizona man has been fined by his homeowner's association for flying a "Don't Tread On Me" flag outside his home.
Andy McDonel, of Laveen, said the flag is attached to a pole in his front yard and has been flying since January. The yellow banner with a coiled snake has become a symbol of the Tea Party movement.
"There's no way that I'm going to take the flag down," McDonel said. "This flag is a flag of conviction. The Founding Fathers fought to establish this great country."
But the homeowner's association disagreed and levied a fine against McDonel. That decision outraged some of his neighbors.
"If you want to fly a flag that represents something you believe in, then you should be able to do it without anyone telling you that you don't have a First Amendment right," said neighbor Ed Turner.
And while the homeowner's association may have taken issue with the "Don't Tread on Me" flag, they don't have a problem with professional football flags. Video from the local FOX television affiliate shows a homeowner flying a Dallas Cowboys flag.
Arizona allows citizens to fly the American flag, the state flag and military flags in outdoor displays.
The homeowner's association declined to comment.