Gay Pride Festivus Pole erected in Georgia Capitol
It was long and hard but hey, mission accomplished
Christmas is indeed a time of miracles. A rainbow-striped Festivus Pole celebrating Gay Pride was installed in the Georgia Capitol today. The six-foot shrine to the inner curmudgeon in all of us — it's really a cheeky effort to raise awareness about freedom of expression and the separation of church and state — was placed on the second floor of the Gold Dome around 2:30 p.m.
?"Move over Baby Jesus, move over the 10 Commandments, here’s come a Gay Pride Festivus Pole," Chaz Stevens of the Humanity Fund, the Florida-based free-speech group that led the effort, said in a statement earlier today. "Enjoy the erection! And let’s get ready to air some Christian Wingnut Grievances."
? The pole's erection almost didn't happen. Stevens said the person who was supposed to install the mirrorball-tipped political statement earlier today "got cold feet."
?A husband and wife brought by a placeholder version. According to the AJC's Greg Bluestein — who reports that some lawmakers took part in celebrating the occasion with a light-hearted airing of grievances — local writer George Chidi stepped up and lugged the pole you see above into the Capitol.
? We will now just sit here and marvel at its beauty.