A man found an anti-discrimination poster for a proposed Utah anti-marriage law in his yellowstone shirt.
The shirt, which is a design by a local designer called Blue Moon, reads, “I feel like I’m walking on a yellowstone, a monument to my hate.”
It says “Let’s make marriage the law of the land” in yellow.
“I felt like it was a great place to start a conversation,” said Tim McDonough, who discovered the poster in a closet at his family’s ranch in southeastern Utah, where he’s lived since 1999.
“If there’s any other place in America, it’s a place that encourages a healthy, safe and happy relationship between two people,” he said.
“It’s not like you’re supposed to have a relationship with someone who is gay, or a relationship that is a little more than a couple of years old, and that is completely out of line.”
A family of three in their 20s and 30s who live in a ranch home near the base of the Mount Rushmore in Monument Valley, Utah, are the first in the state to have their anti-equality views voiced by the state government.
“You have the right to love who you want to love, but if you want someone else to be able to take your place, well then that’s not right,” said Josh Rocha, who started the “Love the Flag” campaign and has since raised $30,000 to fight the bill.
“That’s where we get our support,” he added.
“So the fact that we’re seeing people get on the front lines to protect that, and they’re doing it through legal channels, that’s very exciting.”
Rocha said the family wants the Utah legislature to scrap the bill, which they call the “Utah Anti-LGBT Marriage Act.”
“I think we’re going to get there, I think it’s going to pass,” he told CBC News.
“But I’m worried that they’re going back to the drawing board and they might get something completely different in the future.”
McDonough says he started the campaign because he felt like he was being discriminated against by the church, and he has heard from others in his community who also felt the same way.
“We all have a lot of friends that are in same-sex relationships, and I just felt that we should be able as human beings to be open about that and say, you know what, I’m gay, too,” he explained.
The campaign was launched after a woman in the community said she was kicked out of a church for wearing a t-shirt that said, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”
McDONOUGH: ‘I’m sick of being lied to’McDonogh, who lives with his wife and two children in Monument, says he has been “treated like an animal” for years by his local church.
“The church’s response to the message of love and equality that was being expressed there, was that they would only respond to the messages of love,” he recalled.
“And that’s what they did, and now that they’ve gone back to being the church that’s so bigoted and homophobic, that they need to take the message back to a place where they are not a target of discrimination.”ROC, the group that helped organize the campaign, said in a statement that it was “shocked” by the finding of the poster.
“A man, who is in his mid-30s, discovered a poster for an anti anti-LGBT bill in his Yellowstone Shirt and immediately started a conversation with people about the injustice in our country,” it read.
“Our message is that all love is sacred and that all who love and believe in equality should be protected.
It is important to know that we will not stop until every person, no matter what they are, is protected.”
The church has declined to comment on the matter.
McDonoug, who has a small business selling his shirts, says that while he has no plans to give up on fighting the bill in court, he’s not going to let it go.
“There’s nothing I can do in the legal world, so I’m just going to fight for it and I’m going to be patient,” he noted.
“This is a long road ahead, but I’m hopeful.”