Cheers to “Planting Peace”

Billboard Sends a Message to Kim Davis and Anti-LGBT Bigots

September 14, 2015 | Revolution Newspaper |


Planting Peace sends a message to Kim Davis, who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, in her hometown in Kentucky. (Photo from Planting Peace, used with permission)


Following the June 26 Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk Kim Davis became a hero to bigots, maniacal advocates of traditional patriarchy, Christian fascists, and haters of equality and diversity by refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, claiming that to do so would have compromised her religious beliefs.

In a creative, refreshing, funny, and defiant response, the organization Planting Peace created and posted a billboard high above a Rowan County road, where Kim Davis couldn’t miss it.

The billboard has attracted widespread mainstream news coverage.

Planting Peace explained the message: “As has been painstakingly observed time and time again, the anti-LGBTQ movement is comprised of a substantial number of zealots who unfailingly refer to their rigid interpretation of religious text to narrowly define ‘traditional’ institutions and values. They pick and choose what they wish to convey as immoral and unacceptable, while seemingly sweeping lines of scripture just a few letters away completely under the rug.

“In response, Planting Peace has constructed a message for Kim Davis and the anti-LGBTQ movement. The intent of the billboard is to expose this narrow interpretation by Davis and others that they use to defend their discrimination against the LGBTQ community. It is important and relevant to call this out, because these messages and actions are not simply about a political or religious debate. There are LGBTQ youth across the world who are taking their lives at an alarming rate because of these messages from society that make them feel broken or less than. We have to meet hate with love... intolerance with compassion.”

And Planting Peace posted this message at their website:

Our message to our LGBTQ youth is simple:
You are loved, valued, supported, and beautiful.
There is nothing wrong with you, and we will stand by you.
You are not alone.


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