CLEARWATER – The creator of an LGBT-friendly dating Web site says that a billboard supporting marriage equality was “unintentionally” erected next to a Roman Catholic Church. The billboard—part of a campaign by BeautifulPeople.com to generate support for same-sex marriage— featured public figures, including Donald Trump and Mitt Romney, and Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin, posing a la wedding cake figure-tops, suggesting their own gay nuptials. It was placed near St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Clearwater. The Roman Catholic Church opposes same-sex marriage, and deems homosexuality a sin.
Clear Channel Outdoor, which owns the billboards, decided to pull the advertisement, because Beautiful People doesn’t own license to images of the public figures. “It’s not censorship, it’s simply legality,” said spokesman Jim Cullinan.
Greg Hodge, the dating site’s managing director, paid for the billboards to promote same-sex marriage, and his service’s new LGBT memberships. “We were unaware that the billboard in Florida was opposite St. Michael’s Catholic Church, or any church for that matter,” Hodge said. “Until our gay members are afforded the same rights as their fellow citizens, we will be campaigning for marriage equality.”