alabama county flags not lowered orlando victims pkg_00001628.jpg
WPMI
alabama county flags not lowered orlando victims pkg_00001628.jpg
Now playing
01:35
Alabama county won't lower flags for Orlando victims
Florida prosecutor orlando comments nr_00001802.jpg
WFTV
Florida prosecutor orlando comments nr_00001802.jpg
Now playing
00:40
Florida prosecutor suspended after online Orlando rant
TX: Donald Trump Rally
CNN
TX: Donald Trump Rally
Now playing
01:03
Donald Trump's blistering words toward Orlando shooter
CNN
Now playing
02:38
Obama: Orlando families, we stand with you
Now playing
01:51
McCain: Obama responsible for Orlando attack
ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 17:  People visit a memorial down the road from the Pulse nightclub on June 17, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Omar Mir Seddique Mateen killed 49 people and wounded 53 others at the popular gay nightclub early Sunday.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Spencer Platt/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 17: People visit a memorial down the road from the Pulse nightclub on June 17, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Omar Mir Seddique Mateen killed 49 people and wounded 53 others at the popular gay nightclub early Sunday. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Now playing
03:29
Why Alabama county won't lower flag for Orlando
Florida Attorney General Bondi Orlando shooting nr_00010610.jpg
CNN
Florida Attorney General Bondi Orlando shooting nr_00010610.jpg
Now playing
05:31
Anderson Cooper grills Bondi on LGBT support
Pam Bondi Anderson Cooper Orlando shooting full interview_00043311.jpg
CNN
Pam Bondi Anderson Cooper Orlando shooting full interview_00043311.jpg
Now playing
06:28
Florida Attorney General: I'm championing human beings
CNN
Now playing
02:39
Florida governor: Second amendment didn't kill anybody
Hillary Clinton Donald Trump Obama orlando shooting_00000000.jpg
Hillary Clinton Donald Trump Obama orlando shooting_00000000.jpg
Now playing
00:55
Clinton: Trump said Obama is on the side of terrorists
Trump responds Obama Orlando shooting speech_00003615.jpg
POOL
Trump responds Obama Orlando shooting speech_00003615.jpg
Now playing
00:45
Trump: Obama more angry with me than Orlando shooter
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14: (AFP-OUT) US President Barack Obama speaks on the Orlando shooting at the Treasury Department after convening with his National Security Council on June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama directly attacked Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images)
Pool/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14: (AFP-OUT) US President Barack Obama speaks on the Orlando shooting at the Treasury Department after convening with his National Security Council on June 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama directly attacked Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images)
Now playing
01:36
Key moments: Obama's 'radical Islam' pushback
Donald Trump Orlando attack muslim ban nr_00000000.jpg
CNN
Donald Trump Orlando attack muslim ban nr_00000000.jpg
Now playing
02:38
Trump again calls for ban on Muslim immigrants
Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump speaks at the Saint Andelm College New Hampshire Institute of Politics in Manchester, New Hampshire June 13, 2016.
TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump speaks at the Saint Andelm College New Hampshire Institute of Politics in Manchester, New Hampshire June 13, 2016.
Now playing
01:24
Watch Donald Trump evolve on banning Muslim immigration
orlando shooting: obama oval presser no evidence of larger plot sot ath_00004606.jpg
CNN
orlando shooting: obama oval presser no evidence of larger plot sot ath_00004606.jpg
Now playing
02:13
Obama: Attack was 'homegrown extremism'
orlando shooting vigils pulse lgbt omar mateen orig_00000006.jpg
orlando shooting vigils pulse lgbt omar mateen orig_00000006.jpg
Now playing
01:35
Moments from Clinton and Trump's CNN face-off
Mourners pay tribute to the victims of the Orlando shooting during a memorial service in San Diego, California in San Diego, California on June 12, 2016.
Fifty people died when a gunman allegedly inspired by the Islamic State group opened fire inside a gay nightclub in Florida, in the worst terror attack on US soil since September 11, 2001.
SANDY HUFFAKER/AFP/Getty Images
Mourners pay tribute to the victims of the Orlando shooting during a memorial service in San Diego, California in San Diego, California on June 12, 2016. Fifty people died when a gunman allegedly inspired by the Islamic State group opened fire inside a gay nightclub in Florida, in the worst terror attack on US soil since September 11, 2001.
Now playing
01:11
Clinton: It's radical Islamism, but don't demonize
December 16, 2012 -- The shooting at Newton killed 20 children and six adults. At the memorial service, President Obama also cited the deadly shootings at Oak Creek and Aurora. "In the coming weeks, I will use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens -- from law enforcement to mental health professionals to parents and educators -- in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this," said the president.
MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
December 16, 2012 -- The shooting at Newton killed 20 children and six adults. At the memorial service, President Obama also cited the deadly shootings at Oak Creek and Aurora. "In the coming weeks, I will use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens -- from law enforcement to mental health professionals to parents and educators -- in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this," said the president.
Now playing
02:34
How Obama responds to shooting attacks
Donald Trump leaves after delivering remarks during the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference June 10, 2016, in Washington, DC.
MOLLY RILEY/AFP/Getty Images
Donald Trump leaves after delivering remarks during the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference June 10, 2016, in Washington, DC.
Now playing
00:51
Trump: Muslim communities need to report suspects
president obama orlando shootings press conference sot_00004511.jpg
CNN
president obama orlando shootings press conference sot_00004511.jpg
Now playing
00:47
Obama: This was an attack on all of us
president obama orlando shootings press conference sot_00002630.jpg
CNN
president obama orlando shootings press conference sot_00002630.jpg
Now playing
05:27
President Obama: 'This was an act of terror and hate'
marco rubio orlando shooting wolf intv_00000424.jpg
marco rubio orlando shooting wolf intv_00000424.jpg
Now playing
01:34
Rubio on shooting: I fear 'we will see more of this'

Story highlights

Baldwin County Commissioner Tucker Dorsey said the Orlando massacre doesn't meet the standards to lower the flag

President Barack Obama ordered flags to be lowered following the Orlando massacre

(CNN) —  

Officials in an Alabama county refused to lower flags to half-staff to honor the victims of the Orlando mass shooting this week even after President Barack Obama and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley ordered flags to be lowered.

Citing the U.S. Flag Code, Baldwin County Commissioner Tucker Dorsey told CNN’s Erin Burnett on “OutFront” Friday that while he is “certainly heartbroken in the face of tragedy,” the code states that the flag should only be lowered “for instances where there are the passing of individuals who have given significant distinguished service to our country.”

Dorsey added that the code states that the flag is to be lowered on Memorial Day and to commemorate the deaths of government officials.

In a Facebook post published Tuesday, Dorsey wrote that Baldwin County also didn’t lower the flags after the Paris terror attacks in November and the shooting in San Bernardino, California, in December by a married couple who pledged allegiance to ISIS.

“I look at the terrorist events and I think about our flag and about how it identifies and characterizes the mood of the country,” Dorsey said. “When I think about, for instance, 9/11, I kind of picture the three firemen raising the flag in the rubble the next day after the event. That’s really how I feel about it.”

When Burnett asked whether Dorsey believed the flag should be flown “high in the face of terror in order to fight back,” he responded, “That’s exactly my heart on the issue.”

“I’m certainly broken-hearted, my family is broken up about it,” Dorsey added. “I’m also mad. I’m tired of us being attacked by extremists of certainly different kinds.”

Baldwin County is located along the Mobile Bay and Gulf of Mexico shores and includes the popular tourist destination Orange Beach.

Obama ordered the flags to be flown at half-staff Sunday following the mass shooting at Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, early Sunday that left 49 dead and 53 injured.

“I realize that the President and governor may make the order, but I believe and interpret their order inconsistent with the adopted flag code,” Dorsey told the New York Daily News.

The Orlando tragedy is the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

CNN’s Rachel Chason contributed to this report.