The South Carolina State House's Confederate flag is still flying, FYI

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Everyone from Governor Haley to President Obama have called for the removal of the Confederate battle flag flying outside the South Carolina State House. A woman named Bree Newsome even took the matter into her own hands two weekends ago. But the banner yet waves—although that could change as soon as this week.

The State reports that the S.C. General Assembly will begin debating whether or not to remove the flag from Columbia state grounds on Monday. Calls for removal have amplified in recent weeks after a white supremacist entered an historic black church in Charleston and shot and killed nine congregants.

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Demonstrators protest in favor of the Confederate flag's removal from Columbia, S.C., state grounds on Jun. 23. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Support for the flag remains high outside of the legislature; 57 percent of Americans view the flag as a symbol of Southern pride, whereas 33 percent see it as a reminder of the United States' history of slavery and racism, according to a recent poll. But The State indicates that both the S.C. House and Senate are expected to vote in favor of the flag's removal from the Capitol Complex.

Demonstrators protest against removing the Confederate flag from Columbia, S.C., state grounds on Jun. 27. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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So, why is this process taking so long?

There's actually a ton of red tape preventing the state government—or anyone, really—from removing the Confederate flag from its 30-foot perch at the drop of a hat.

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Ever since the passage of the Heritage Act of 2000, the flag has flown outside the State House on the south side of the Confederate Soldier Monument. (Prior to 2000, it actually sat upon the dome of the State House itself.) In order to remove the flag, a new piece of legislation would have to receive two-thirds of the vote in both legislative houses.

Will that be possible? We're about to find out.

Demonstrators protest in favor of the Confederate flag's removal from Columbia, S.C., state grounds on Jun. 23. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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