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Advertising Company Refuses to Rent Billboard with Bible Verse Condemning Homosexuality

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2018 Mar 14
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A Mississippi man has been prohibited from renting out a billboard that he intended to use to display a Bible verse condemning homosexuality.

According to, a gay pride parade was set to take place in the city of Starkville. The city initially refused to allow a permit for the gay pride parade, but then reversed its decision.

In response to this decision, resident Randy Vaughan decided to rent out a billboard to display Isaiah 3:9, which says:

“The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! They have brought disaster upon themselves.”

Vaughan said he was struck by how fitting the verse was for today: “That just floored me when I read that, and I thought, Just like it was then, it's the same today."

Vaughan paid $200 to Lamar Advertising to rent out the billboard with the Bible verse. He says the advertising agency initially agreed to his request, but later refused to display the Bible verse.

Lamar Advertising has not offered an explanation of why they refused to rent the billboard out to Vaughan with the Bible verse, but Vaughan says he can guess why they had second thoughts.

“I guessed that there was probably fear of backlash from the gay community that had spurred this decision," he said. "And they just indicated that they were sorry, they were a publicly held corporation, that they felt it was in their best interest to make that decision."


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Publication date: March 14, 2018