What do you do when you see a homophobic politician in the news trying to stop gay people getting married?
Well, you could do like one activist did and buy their official website and use it to promote same-sex marriage instead.
This is what happened to Paul Shepherd, an Idaho state representative who wants Congress to impeach any federal judges who allow gay marriage.
Dylan Hailey, a 21-year-old college junior, noticed earlier this month that Shepherd’s hold on www.paulshepherdusa.com was expiring, so he bought the domain and redesigned it as a promote equality.
His potential web designs include lots and lots of rainbows.
‘When I went to his campaign site I realized he had not renewed it, so I called up my registrar and got it first,’ Hailey told Vice.
‘He likely bought it for an extended period of time and forgot to renew it or the staffer in charge of it forgot or quit.’
Shepherd responded to the website takeover, choosing to bizarrely compare gay people to slave-owners.
‘Slave owners were very good Christians and good people,’ he told Idaho Reports, suggesting that gay people are similar in that they are good people making bad decisions.
‘[Slave owners] weren’t terrible, rotten horrible people,’ he said. ‘And that’s how I see gay people.’
On the fight to stop same-sex marriage, he claims it is about about ‘saving society from moral pitfalls’.
Hailey has offered Shepherd his site back on one condition, he has to make a donation to a LGBTI group.
‘If he did that I’d gladly give him his domain back right away,’ the young activist said. ‘If he refuses but wants to buy it back anyway then all the proceeds would go to an LGBT group, likely a local one in his area.’