Group requests ‘Gay Pride Festivus Pole’ on Arkansas Capitol grounds

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An out-of-state advocacy organization said Tuesday that it is seeking permission to temporarily place a “Gay Pride Festivus Pole” on state Capitol grounds in Little Rock.

In the application, Chaz Stevens, executive director of The Humanity Fund, based in Boca Raton, Fla., outlined plans for a disco ball 8 inches in diameter atop a 6-foot-tall pole that would be “wrapped in the colors of the rainbow.”

Stevens said the request is a way to “jubilantly celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court decision making same-sex marriage a constitutional right.” More Gay Pride Festivus Poles are planned at state Capitols nationwide, he said.

Information regarding the request was also sent to former Gov. Mike Huckabee, a 2016 Republican presidential contender, according to Stevens’ email.

“We’d love for your hometown support, perhaps you’d be kind enough to put in a good word for us,” Stevens said in the email, addressing Huckabee.

A majority of Arkansans oppose same-sex marriage, according to annual statewide polling released last month by the Diane D. Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

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