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FESTIVUS POLE IN FLORIDA CAPITOL: THIS YEAR, A “RAINBOW GAY EDITION” via Chris Joseph of the Broward/Palm Beach New Times

Deerfield Beach activist and blogger Chaz Stevens has made it his annual goal to have a Festivus pole erected in the Florida Capitol rotunda during the holidays. Now, Stevens is gunning for a third straight time. But with a twist.

Stevens has decided that this year’s Festivus pole will be a celebration of the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling making same-sex marriage legal across the country.

“It’s the rainbow gay edition,” Stevens says. “A project we’ve lovingly entitled ‘We’ve Gone Completely Gay!’”

Stevens … took advantage of Florida officials allowing religious groups of all kinds to put up a display in the rotunda that represents their beliefs during the holidays … Stevens chose Festivus, a fake holiday invented by a character in the iconic ’90s sitcom Seinfeld, and put up an eight-foot-tall display made entirely of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cans. The pole has graced the rotunda for the past two years during the holidays and has brought Stevens a lot of attention from the national media … “rainbow gay edition” Festivus pole will have a few additions to it, including making the pole taller … a “durable, all-weather condom” made from a nylon LGBT flag. Stevens also has plans to install a small solar-powered disco light at the top of the pole. The idea is to use the solar power generated from the ball to have the song “It’s Raining Men” blast from a speaker at 5 p.m. every day the pole is up.

Stevens says he’s already filled out the necessary paperwork and is awaiting word from Tallahassee for approval. And while he’s looking for a way to celebrate the SCOTUS gay marriage ruling, the central goal seems to remain a desire to stick it to those who oppose anything but Christian-themed displays in the rotunda during the holidays.

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