According to a recent report from NBC News, a controversial new billboard has sprung up in Kentucky above a road in Rowan County. The subject of the outdoor advertisement is Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who reached national infamy this month when she refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Apparently, Davis’s hometown hasn’t taken very kindly to the attention she’s gathering, and they decided to make it clear how the town really feels.
The billboard reads: “Dear Kim Davis, the fact that you can’t sell your daughter for three goats and a cow means we’ve already redefined marriage.” The message is a reference to Davis’s remarks about how marriage is a concept that should not be “redefined.”
“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,”said the public statement issued by the nonprofit Planting Peace, the organization that commissioned the sign.
For a nonprofit organization, outdoor advertising can cost 80% less than television advertising, 60% less than printing a newspaper ad, and 50% less than a commercial for radio. This gives Planting Peace the ability to reach more people for far less money.
In fact, Planting Peace’s president Aaron Jackson said that the organization spent just $500 on the billboard. He also stated that the billboard would stay up for a month.
The organization released the following statement: “We have to meet hate with love… intolerance with compassion. 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.”
Jackson included a personal message to the LGBTQ youth of America.
“You are loved, valued, supported, and beautiful,” the statement said. “There is nothing wrong with you, and we will stand by you. You are not alone.”
Planting Peace has also opened six orphanages worldwide, according to the group’s website, as well as offered intestinal parasite treatments for children in need throughout across the globe.