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Utah Companies Reject 'God Loves Gays' Billboards, God Not Impressed

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Two billboard companies in Utah have declined requests to erect “God Loves Gays” signs in order to “avoid controversy,” reports Buzzfeed.

The “God Loves Gays” billboards are part of a national campaign that recently saw a similar massive display in Topeka, Kansas, the hometown of the Westboro Baptist Church.

Reagan Outdoor Advertising and YESCO said they rejected the ads because of the sensitive nature of issues around religion and LGBT rights.

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Dewey Reagan, president and general manager of Reagan Outdoor Advertising, said the decision does not reflect the company’s position on the topic:

“It was a business decision based on structural realities of our business. We don’t actually own the majority of the land underneath the signs where our billboards are located. They are there pursuant to land lease agreements and some of those specifically prohibit display of ad copy that is controversial.”

In a written statement, YESCO said:

“As a privately owned company, YESCO carefully evaluates all requests for advertising placement. We avoid accepting advertisements that are interpreted as advancing sensitive religious, social, or political interests.”

The Almighty has since weighed in on the issue and questioned why his opinion is being stifled:

 

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Watch god explain the "God Loves Gays" campaign and why the Westboro Baptitst Church is misrepresenting him, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Hundreds Rally at Utah Capitol Against Adoption and Marriage Rights for Gay Couples: VIDEO

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A group of several hundred anti-gay protesters showed up at the Utah State Capitol on Thursday to voice their opposition to both gay marriage and gay adoption, The Salt Lake Tribune reports:

SummerhaysSupporters of man-woman marriage holding signs declaring "biology is not bigotry" and "two moms don’t equal a dad" cheered long and loud as conservative activist Mary Summerhays [pictured] projected on a screen images of same-sex couples and their children.

"This child has a mother," she said, as an image of Matthew Baraza and Tony Milner filled the screen. In it, the two men were holding their son Jesse. "These are the faces of the children who will pay the price of redefining marriage." [...]

Summerhays, who leads the organizing group of Thursday’s rally, Utah Celebration of Marriage, said these children were among the chief reasons several hundred people gathered under the painted dome of the Utah State Capitol: to demonstrate to local and national officials, to media and onlookers that there is still support in Utah for so-called "traditional" families, made up of one mother and one father.

Gay rights supporters also showed up to voice their own opinions on the matter. 

Watch a FOX 13 report on the rally, AFTER THE JUMP...

Next week, the Supreme Court will consider seven petitions from five states - Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Indiana, and Wisconsin - on whether those states' gay marriage bans are unconstitutional. 

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Insane Unicyclists Somehow Manage to Survive Terrifying Ride Down Utah Mountain: VIDEO

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Whether it's close encounters with sharks, volcanoes, or lions, the GoPro-equipped daredevils of the world are continually finding new ways to push the envelope and raise questions about their sanity.

In what some (myself included) would consider another episode of "unnecessary recklessness," John LeSage and 18 other unicyclists take to the mountains of Moab, Utah for a one hell of a one-wheeled adventure.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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SCOTUS To Consider Hearing Gay Marriage Cases From 5 States on Sept. 29

SUPREMEThe Supreme Court has announced it will consider seven petitions from five states--Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Indiana and Wisconsinon--on whether those states' same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional. The Court, currently on hiatus, will discuss the cases in a private meeting on September 29, its first conference of the year. Same-sex couples along with representatives of the states barring them from marrying have been petitioning the Court to review their cases and provide legal clarity on the question of marriage equality. USA Today reports:

By scheduling all for consideration simultaneously, the justices gave equal footing to the Indiana and Wisconsin cases just decided last week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. The 10th and 4th Circuits previously ruled in the other cases.

The court could agree to hear one or more cases this winter; deny them all, or delay its decision for a while.

In all five states, federal district and appellate judges have agreed that state bans on same-sex marriage should be struck down as unconstitutional. But those decisions are on hold pending the Supreme Court's review.

As The Wall Street Journal points out, the Supreme Court could have more cases headed its way very soon. Many are focsued on 4 pending cases before the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, a court some legal analysts suspect is more likely than others to uphold marriage bans: "If that happens, it’s a virtual certainty that the Supreme Court would step in and resolve the disagreement."


80 Utah Lawmakers Tell Supreme Court Gay Marriage Will Lead To Incestuous Marriage, Polygamy: READ

SupremesEighty legislators from Utah have submitted an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in which the legislators warn the Court that legalizing same-sex marriage would lead to the legalization of incestuous and polygamous marriages. The brief comes following the request for a writ of certiorari from both Utah's Attorney General, Sean Reyes, and the plaintiffs in Kitchen v. Herbert, the case that found both both a district court and the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in favor of marriage equality in Utah. As Joe.My.God points out, "the brief is signed by 22 of the 29 members of the state Senate and by 58 of the 75 members of the state House":

The Tenth Circuit did not adequately consider the consequences of its decision for Utah’s prohibitions of polygamous and incestuous marriages. If the choice of marriage partners is an unlimited fundamental right, Kitchen, 755, F.3d at 1215, and if that marriage choice cannot be denied even when a majority believes that choice to be “immoral,” 755 F.3d at 1217 (quoting Lawrence v. Texas, 593 U.S. 558, 571 (2003)), then the fundamental rights analysis applied by the Tenth Circuit will apply with even greater force to consenting adults desiring polygamous marriage or marriage between at least some close relatives. The prohibition of those marriages has always been grounded in morality. Without a moral justification, courts will be obliged to remove existing marriage prohibitions as the U.S. District Court did last month in Utah. See Brown v. Herbert, 2014 WL 4249865 (D.Utah Aug. 27, 2014. Accordingly, this Court should grant certiorari and reverse the Tenth Circuit’s judgment below.

Read the full brief, AFTER THE JUMP...

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‘God Loves Gays’ Billboard Goes Up In Westboro Baptist Church’s Hometown: VIDEO

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Last month we told you about the campaign run by the social media persona “God” to erect a “God Loves Gays” billboard in Topeka, Kansas, the hometown of the hate mongering Westboro Baptist Church. The campaign, which sought to raise $50,000 for this project, has been wildly successful, already raising over $80,000. On Monday, God’s billboard went up as promised. Mashable reports: 

Despite his omnipotence, God actually got the idea for the billboard from his social media followers. "One day I asked them, what would you like the LORD to do in the real world? Well, the top suggestion (with over 1,000 ‘likes’) was to put up a billboard in Topeka, Kansas that says ‘God Loves Gays.’ I shared this idea and asked them if I should do it, and the resounding answer was, ‘Yes please, for the love of all that is holy, yes.' “

The additional funds God raised will be used “toward ‘stretch goals’ of buying bus ads, donations to an LGBT suicide prevention organization, and the National Alliance to End Homelessness.” The Westboro Baptist Church meanwhile embraced the billboard, attempting to spin the story in their typical hateful way on Twitter and in a written statement:

"Thank God for that lying billboard! Every soul that sees it will either rejoice for the lie and the vain hope of afflicting the servants of God at WBC," Shirley Phelps-Roper, a spokesperson for the Church tells Mashable via email. "Or, they will sigh and mourn for that awful sin and all the parts of it, knowing that every single soul that weighed in with money or words, in favor of that lying billboard, will stand before God in the Judgment, so very ashamed. Knowing also, that when they stand before God in the judgment, it will be TOO LATE for repentance, and eternal torment will follow."

Meanwhile, Lamar Advertising, the billboard company who sold the space, had a few reservations about the billboard according to God:

"They seemed a tad nervous," He writes. "Thus far they have only let Me purchase the billboard through March of 2015. I wanted to purchase the full year. I also wanted to investigate other bigger billboards around town. But before they’ll do that the billboard company wants to see if the community accepts it and likes it first.”

Lamar, however, insists, 

“We support the First Amendment right of advertisers and believe that it is in the best interest of our company and the communities we serve to accept advertising copy openly. We do not accept or reject copy based upon agreement or disagreement with the views presented. We are firmly committed to our copy acceptance policy.”

Q Salt Lake also reports that should the project reach $100,000 in funding, God will put up another billboard in Provo, Utah. 

You can still contribute to God’s IndieGoGo campaign HERE

And ICYMI, check out the video message from God about his billboard project, AFTER THE JUMP...

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