Planes Warn Disney Visitors: Gays Ahead

Florida family-values activists spend $7K on ads
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2011 1:03 PM CDT
Planes Warn Disney World Visitors of Park's Gay Day
One of the banners.   (FloridaFamily.org)

(Newser) – A Florida activist group reportedly spent $7,000 to hire an airplane to pull banners that warned people about Disney World’s annual Gay Day celebration. The plane, which flew 10-hour shifts on Friday and Saturday, carried banners reading “WARNING GAY DAY AT DISNEY 6/4” and “WARNING GAY PRIDE DAY AT DISNEY 2DAY.” The Florida Family Association, dedicated to “improving America's moral environment,” was upset that Disney allowed Gay Day events during regular business hours, Gawker reports.

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The FFA, notes the Christian Post, didn’t want families to be “confronted with the reality of witnessing over 15,000 Gay Pride Day revelers.” People “turn around and leave” the park when they see gay couples, the group says. Gay Day participants fired back at the group. FFA leaders “simply don't have a grasp of what it means to be tolerant of people that are different than you,” one tells WESH. Adds another: “I don't fly a banner or fly a flag, and they shouldn't either.” (Read more gay rights stories.)

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