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|Gainesville, Ga., billboard demeans same-sex marriage|
|by Ryan Watkins|
|November 02, 2010 16:33|
A billboard featuring an anti-gay message went up last month just off Georgia 53 and the Atlanta Highway between Flowery Branch and Gainesville, Ga.
GA Voice reader Emily Perkins-Henderson spotted the billboard late last month and sent us several photos of the anti-gay advertisement.
The billboard reads: “The Bible speaks for itself on marriage. God made them male and female – Mark 10:6.”
The billboard goes onto say that it was “sponsored by joyous and generous people.”
“It's an attack on equal marriage, and it's really disgusting,” Perkins-Henderson said via e-mail. “I don't understand why there even needs to be such a billboard up when there are no initiatives regarding marriage in the state of Georgia.”
Georgia voters amended the state constitution in 2004 to ban gay marriage.
Melany Ethridge, spokesperson for the I Am Not Ashamed campaign, said that the billboard was likely sponsored by a local church or religious organization.
“The theme is the Bible speaks for itself,” Ethridge said today by phone. “It’s more than a political statement, it’s a life statement.”
Ethridge did not know how many billboards were currently on display throughout the state.
I Am Not Ashamed falls under the Answers in Genesis, a Kentucky-based evangelical organization that also runs the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky. The Creation Museum teaches that dinosaurs and humans once co-existed and that evolution is a myth.
According to the organization’s website, its mission is to “offer a clear call to Christians around the world to stand unashamedly and uncompromisingly on the Bible.”
The billboard is owned by Revelation Outdoor Management, based in Buford, Ga. A call to Revelation’s offices this afternoon went unanswered.
Top photo: An anti-gay billboard on display between Gainesville and Flowery Branch, Ga. (by Emily Perkins-Henderson)
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