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Christian couple plans to put up 1,000 anti-gay billboards across US

Christian couple plans to put up 1,000 anti-gay billboards across US

1,000 of these 'points of light' will be erected across the US.

A Christian couple who closed their wedding business rather than serve gay couples are now planning to put up 1,000 anti-gay billboards across the US.

Dick and Betty Odgaard were sued for refusing to host a gay wedding at their converted church in 2013.

After losing the suit, the Mennonite couple established a tax-exempt charity called God’s Original Design Ministry, whose mission is to ‘restore the Biblical definition of marriage in our society.’

Their first mission objective is to put up 1,000 billboards opposing gay marriage. The first of which – ‘a 14’x48′ lighted beauty’ – was erected near a highway five miles south of Durant, Oklahoma on 24 July.

‘This billboard is funded 100% by the your generous donations. One down and 999 to go for 1,000 points of light. Thank you and God bless!’ the Odgaards wrote in a post on new ministry’s Facebook page.

But the sign has been roundly condemned in the comments underneath.

‘Hate doesn’t look great on either side. Since it costs approximately between 500 and 8,000 to do this, that would help clothe and feed alot of homeless people (but I’m assuming only if they aren’t gay)?!’ wrote one.

‘I love how you forged God’s signature at the bottom!’ said another

The Odgaards recently appeared in a Ted Cruz campaign video in which they claimed they were ‘forced’ to close their wedding business because of their religious beliefs after they turned away a gay couple.

But they were only fined $5,000. It was because of their refusal to comply with the state’s anti-discrimination law that they chose to stop hosting all weddings in December. This led to a loss in profits and the converted church is shutting its doors for good in August.