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Kentucky Activists Outraged Over Gay Conversion Billboard: VIDEO


A billboard in Louisville, Kentucky is causing controversy because of its anti-gay message. The billboard reads: "Not everyone who is gay is happy. You have options." Sponsored by Abba's Delight, a faith-based organization which helps people "who are uncomfortable with their same-sex attractions," the billboard suggests that gay conversion therapy is possible. 

My Fox Orlando reports:

The founder of the group that created the Billboard, Daniel Mingo, denies that the ad targets homosexuality. "This specifically targets people who have same-sex attractions that are unwanted," said Mingo.

Mingo maintains that the billboard is not aimed at people whose same-sex attractions bring them happiness, but his tone is tinged with moralism. Mingo's own experience found him "[walking] away from homosexuality" based on his faith. 

Chris Hartman, the director of the Fairness Campaign, is outraged by the advertisement and believes that it targets the gay community with anti-gay propaganda.

"To suggest that this organization is going to help someone is an exact obfuscation of the truth, it's the opposite; they're going to harm 90 percent of the people that walk in and out of their door," said Hartman.  "An organization like this really needs to be shut down."

Watch the news coverage, AFTER THE JUMP...

FOX 35 News Orlando

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  1. ABBA?

    Posted by: EYEROLL | Feb 20, 2014 2:57:22 PM

  2. "Are you unhappy being gay? Well, it's because of us! We're the cause of, and solution to your problems. Just kidding, we're just the cause!"

    pretty much.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 20, 2014 3:00:11 PM

  3. Newsflash: Not everyone who is straight is happy either.

    Posted by: Fox | Feb 20, 2014 3:06:52 PM

  4. And again Kentucky is on the forefront of the 1810s.

    Posted by: Tigernan | Feb 20, 2014 3:07:24 PM

  5. CBS is collecting money for anti-gay hate.

    CBS, you DISGUST me.

    Posted by: Nick | Feb 20, 2014 3:09:44 PM

  6. I think it's great that this kind of fraudulent misrepresentation has been banned in London, at least from public transport.

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, give me all that pompous rhetoric about 'free speech'.
    I just want 'freedom of movement' without this deception in my face.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 20, 2014 3:09:58 PM

  7. She dared to say a number so low as 90 percent! 100 percent will be damaged by this blatant charlatanism!

    Posted by: P | Feb 20, 2014 3:12:33 PM

  8. Seriously Mae, Abba's Delight? Me thinks your Freudian slip is showing!

    Posted by: rebarb | Feb 20, 2014 3:13:37 PM

  9. Let's see whether this organisation understands our issue with this billboard by putting up one of our own:

    "Unhappy in your marriage? You have alternatives: try Gay Love."

    Posted by: Greg | Feb 20, 2014 3:21:14 PM

  10. "Abba" means "papa" or "daddy" in Hebrew.

    Posted by: northoftheborderguy | Feb 20, 2014 3:23:41 PM

  11. Can't a certain 70's pop group sue for copyright infringement?

    Posted by: tranquilo | Feb 20, 2014 3:24:51 PM

  12. Ah. Again the irony of hate groups revealed.

    The very group that does everything it can to marginalize, dehumanize, and stigmatize LGBT now tells you they can make it all go away.
    If you'll just stop being gay.

    Posted by: BOOM! | Feb 20, 2014 3:29:59 PM

  13. We can completely strip away the real you and replace it with a version WE find acceptable.

    Soul Strippers.

    Posted by: Hey Darlin' | Feb 20, 2014 4:17:09 PM

  14. Exactly, Fox. After all, why do they think it's called being "gay?"

    Posted by: Jack M | Feb 20, 2014 4:23:17 PM

  15. How messed up do you have to be to do gay conversion therapy? Also, does Jesus make pussy stop seeming nasty?

    Posted by: enchantra | Feb 20, 2014 4:25:52 PM

  16. What kind of half-wit looks at the troubles in his life and thinks to himself that it all must be because he's gay?

    I've had a hard life, too. Must be because I'm white. If only there were a conversion clinic for guys like me.

    Posted by: FFS | Feb 20, 2014 4:37:01 PM

  17. Some people want the option. If they want to try battling against who they are, then let them. I don't understand why so many are so threatened by this and over-reacting. If they end up not agreeing with ABBA's philosophy or approach, they'll leave.

    They're adults, and they're Americans. It seems we're all for the rights of individuals to make up their own minds about things until it comes to something *WE* disagree with. The hypocrisy is absolutely drenching this comment board right now.

    Posted by: Jon | Feb 20, 2014 5:05:03 PM

  18. Jon, if you stupidly want to believe that sexuality can be changed, then go do that. But we do NOT need to let mothers in stupid places do stupid things to their kids because "Derp we're Americanz derp."

    Posted by: Tigernan | Feb 20, 2014 5:11:16 PM

  19. The hypocrisy is that a religion tells you an intrinsic part of your being is an abomination and that the only way to not feel bad about that is to deny that part of self and live a lie. They criminalize you. They marginalize you in society. And then pretend to offer you a solution to why you're unhappy.

    They are the source of the problem and are now selling the 'cure' which just so happens to be the same thing as the source.

    Commenters here pointing out the obvious facts aren't the hypocrites.

    Posted by: BOOM! | Feb 20, 2014 5:40:19 PM

  20. yeah, abba is a hebrew name for god as father.
    more like "daddy"

    Posted by: woody | Feb 20, 2014 6:29:28 PM

  21. Do they help out with an unwanted opposite-sex attraction as well?

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Feb 20, 2014 6:44:58 PM

  22. Poison dressed up as an antidote from the snakes that bit you in the first place.

    Fascinating how this self-loathing gay man separates 'homosexuality' from 'same sex attraction'. I spent a great deal of time trying to convince myself of that in elementary school and the first half of high school. I'm sorry this guy couldn't make his way out of that, but his participation in the crusade against gays is totally unacceptable.

    Posted by: BlueRingOctopus | Feb 20, 2014 8:21:11 PM

  23. I left Kentucky a long time ago.

    I could never have been happy there....

    Posted by: TonyJazz | Feb 20, 2014 8:33:17 PM

  24. Couldn't Grindr put up a billboard in the exact same place with the exact same slogan and make more people happy? ;-)

    But seriously, there must be people who would have considered conversion therapy at one time but instead overcame the "unwanted" aspect of their same-sex attractions. I'd like to see a competing campaign of people like that helping others find the same contentment and self-worth. Combat the message that "it's possible to overcome same-sex attraction" with, "it's possible to embrace same-sex attraction and feel normal, happy, and good."

    Posted by: JJ | Feb 20, 2014 8:49:04 PM

  25. @TONYJAZZ -- Well thank the godz that there are people fighting for YOUR rights in the state of Kentucky.

    Posted by: ArkArk | Feb 21, 2014 9:31:19 AM

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