Homophobes are stepping up their game in Michigan. Of course, with public opinion on marriage equality shifting, along with bakers and florists taking tons of flack and having to pay fines for refusing service to same-sex weddings, it’s no wonder that the homophobes are scared. They’re taking their fight to the public now, though, in the form of anti-LGBT billboards, this time in the Detroit area.
To be sure, these kinds of billboards are nothing new. There are billboards of this nature in Tennessee and Virginia, and elsewhere, and residents in those states have been up in arms about it. These advertisements are, as Salon put it, “The last gasp of desperate bigotry.” They’re seeing their way of thinking stop being the “correct” way of thinking, and they’re desperate to change it in any way they can.
Salon says that the Detroit billboard is electronic and features two images: a minority, and a person with their face painted rainbow. Underneath the minority is a caption that says, “Born black (Asian, etc.),” and underneath the person with the rainbow face is a caption that says, “Not born this way.” The rest of the billboard reads, “Homosexuality is a behavior. Not a civil right.” It lists Genesis 2:24 and Matthew 19:5 as their “proof.”
What’s truly sad is that these people honestly believe that the Bible is all they need to justify hateful things like this. Look at the woman in Nebraska who tried to sue all homosexuals. She appointed herself her god’s ambassador, and her entire claim was based on the Bible.
We have Mike Huckabee, who wants to be president, too, using fear that LGBT rights and marriage equality will lead to outlawing Christianity (something that can’t happen here), to get his message out. As LGBT rights advance, his appeals to fear get stronger. He thinks the law should be based on the Bible.
We have so many more, too.
The website listed on the Detroit-area billboard, RestrainTheJudges.com, opens with a pop-up that shows people of several ethnicities, and says they’re born that way. However, the person with the rainbow-painted face was not born that way. In other words, the pop-up is a virtual clone of the billboard. Restrain the Judges also says this on their main page:
The Supreme Court has announced that it will be issuing a ruling on marriage by June of this year. In order to prevent the Roe v. Wade of Marriage, we must act now.
We the people of the United States affirm our right to self-governance and hereby issue a Restraining Order to the United States Supreme Court and our Federal Courts who would attempt to further usurp:
- The sovereign vote of the American People
- Our State Constitutions
- The sacred institution of marriage between one man and one woman
- Our Constitutionally protected First Amendment rights
Join us in calling upon Congress to use the authority granted by the U.S. Constitution to restrain federal judges and the Supreme Court from undermining marriage any further!
Oh, come on. These people still have zero evidence that explains how marriage equality harms anybody at all. They just don’t want to let the “dirty gheys” have access to the word, “marriage.” That’s it. That’s all. It’s about hate, and it’s about childish possessiveness, and nothing else.
Of course, to send that “restraining order,” you have to pay money. So it’s not just about spreading a message, it’s to make money. They might want the money to pay for all these billboards, or possibly to enrich whoever the hell is behind them. Salon reports that several socially conservative groups have thrown their weight behind this.
This billboard is in Dearborn Heights, outside of Detroit, but there are plans for others in Flint, Grand Rapids and Lansing, too, according to Advocate.com. Pro-equality groups are planning countermeasures, though. One group has started a GoFundMe account to raise money for competing billboards. They’ve raised $2,000 out of a planned $50,000 thus far, and any money they don’t spend will get donated to the Human Rights Campaign and the No H8 Campaign.
Maybe someday soon, these people will realize they’ve lost and will go loudly into the night. Until then, though, it looks like we have to put up with increasing amounts of hate and bigotry.
Watch a video with people’s reactions, below, from WDIV:
Featured image: via screen capture from video