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Ad firm rejects ex-'gay' billboard
WorldDailyNet ^ | 01/16/2004 | Unknown

Posted on 01/16/2004 12:13:42 PM PST by HarleyD

A billboard company rejected an advertisement submitted by a minister who wants to respond to the recent Massachusetts ruling permitting "gay marriage" by declaring he is a happily married ex-homosexual.

Stephen Bennett, head of a Christian family advocacy group, says his New York director tried to rent a billboard in the state capital, Albany, from the Lamar Advertising Co. of Baton Rouge, La.

The billboard was to help kick off a national campaign in response to the November ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, which said homosexual couples are legally entitled to wed under the state constitution and should be allowed to apply for marriage licenses.

The proposed billboard features a black and white photo of Bennett, his wife Irene and their two children.

It reads: "Wonderful Husband. Loving Father. Former Homosexual. Jesus Christ Changes Lives."

Bennett recounted to WND a phone conversation his colleague, Madeline Derwin, had with a Lamar representative in Albany. Derwin said the representative immediately stopped the conversation and put her on hold when she told him the content of the message.

The Albany representative said he would call back but Derwin says she never heard from him. Yesterday, she called him and was told Lamar had decided not to take the billboard because of the subject matter, according to Bennett.

The vice president and general manager of Lamar's Albany office, Matt Duddy, is away this week and had not replied to a message from WND seeking a response.

Bennett said he lived a homosexual lifestyle for 11 years and left it in 1992 after becoming a Christian.

"It never ceases to amaze me how biased and unfair the media really is," he said. "Sharing my story has given thousands of people hope – homosexual men and women who are unhappy with their same-sex attractions."

A recording artist and national speaker, Bennett's Huntington, Conn.-based group, Stephen Bennett Ministries, says it offers help to people who want to "come out" of the homosexual lifestyle.

Bennett also is special issues editor on homosexuality for the American Family Association.

He has produced pro-family billboards for organizations in Massachusetts and around the country.

"I am only one of thousands of men and women who've left our unwanted homosexuality – and have become the real men and women we were created to be," said Bennett. "The reason stories like mine are continually censored is because if homosexual men and women can really change, the 'gay' theory of homosexuality being innate and unchangeable completely crumbles. Their faulty foundation falls apart."

Bennett said other men and woman who say they have left the homosexual lifestyle will be used for the national campaign.

"These billboard companies have no problem taking advertising for such offensive material as liquor ads and controversial plays such as The Vagina Monologues," he said. "Yet a Christian billboard they refuse? This is blatant discrimination and bias at its best."

He said SBM's attorneys will be "looking over their options."

TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: antichristianbias; billboard; bornagain; exgays; homosexual; homosexualagenda; homosexuality; perversion; prisoners; stephenbennett

1 posted on 01/16/2004 12:13:43 PM PST by HarleyD
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To: HarleyD
Liberals are freaks of nature.
They have absolutely no moral rudder.
2 posted on 01/16/2004 12:20:19 PM PST by jla (
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To: HarleyD
However a homosexual dating service would be accepted.

Is the content of Billboards regulated due to their limited availablity or is it strictly a property issue.

Please have these campaign go to south florida along the I-95 corridor. They will definitly get a reaction.
3 posted on 01/16/2004 12:31:11 PM PST by longtermmemmory (Vote!)
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To: *Homosexual Agenda; scripter; EdReform; little jeremiah; HarleyD


4 posted on 01/16/2004 12:50:24 PM PST by ppaul
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To: HarleyD
But when the shoe is on the other foot, look out!

A few years ago I owned an advertising agency. We were approached by an individual to do the annual report for his 'non-profit' human rights organization. He was very careful not to reveal the fact that the group was a gay and lesbian advocacy organization. I was unfamiliar with the group and the guy was nice enough so I said we would put together a proposal.

In the meantime I found out the true nature of their efforts, called him and declined the job. He was livid and made sure I understood that he was very well connected and that he would be able to hurt our business.

That, of course, never happened, but those kinds of threats are a little over the top considering the guy is an attorney. I suppose everyone is entitled to freedom of choice except those of us who oppose the homosexual agenda.
5 posted on 01/16/2004 1:03:42 PM PST by newheart (Ezekiel 36:26)
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To: HarleyD
"Wonderful Husband. Loving Father. Former Homosexual. Shameless self-promoter."

I'm sure Bennett has found being an ex-gay poster boy to be very lucrative.

6 posted on 01/16/2004 4:39:02 PM PST by tdadams
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To: *Homosexual Agenda; EdReform; scripter; GrandMoM; backhoe; Yehuda; Clint N. Suhks; saradippity; ...
Homosexual Agenda Ping list -
Freedom of speech - if you can't buy the ad, who will see it?

Nauseating. The homosexual activists and their handmaidens don't want people seeing the truth - that homosexuals can and do change.

If you want on or off this (busy) ping list, ping me.
7 posted on 01/16/2004 5:14:00 PM PST by little jeremiah
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To: tdadams
As a personal friend of his whose daughter is traveling with him singing, and you NOT, I find your prejudice to be very typical of Christian bashers.

I am not surprised to hear you say that...I consider the source. There is no "money" in ministry, unless you are a charlatan like a Benny Hinn or the Pope (nice big house, hunh?)......just go visit Steve and Irene in their house and see their cars before speaking out next time.

Ignorance is bliss, and you are having a bliss-ard.

Like that leather taste?

His, (and His Brother)
Bob Z.

8 posted on 01/17/2004 6:39:06 AM PST by 4himinct
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To: 4himinct
It's a very petty and simple person who can't make their case without gratuitous insinutations, my Christian brother.
9 posted on 01/17/2004 7:21:47 AM PST by tdadams
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To: tdadams
Even more petty is making false accusations, ignorantly.

And my insults were not without merit, nor false. Your false accusations were.

2 Timothy 3:1-3
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good....

If he were a charlatan, I would know and I would certainly not associate with him in any way.
If you were my brother (and I do not know either way), you would be Steve's. And if you were Steve's, you would not prejudge and falsely accuse him of taking people's money through ministry. You also would know that he sold a VERY lucrative sign business to go into this ministry, and is now financially uncomfortable, but serving the LORD Jesus Christ who saved him. You would further have the guts to say these things directly to him from his web site ( and then apologize for being incorrect in judging him.

His Bob Z.

10 posted on 01/17/2004 10:05:14 AM PST by 4himinct
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