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Geneva mayor rebukes posters of anti-gay rainbow signs as 'cowards'

GENEVA – At the end of the Geneva City Council meeting Oct. 16, Mayor Kevin Burns took to task the “cowards” who posted anti-gay rainbow signs on city-owned utility poles.

The signs are similar to the LGBT supportive rainbow signs stating, “Got Love?” that are posted at the First Congregational Church of Geneva and at various homes.

The signs posted on utility poles state, “Love Kills Pride” and refer to a website, Burns said.

“I personally removed a sign – and I know our police officers have removed many more,” Burns said. “To use the word ‘kills,’ is – to say the least – frightening and threatening. I am not intimidated. Geneva, my hometown, is not intimidated.”

Burns called them out because they anonymously posted signs “to express their prejudice with colorful signage and menacing language” on public property.

“The cowards who come out only at night, then scurry back to the sinkholes from which they came … your convictions are not meant to be debated, discussed and dissected,” Burns said. “Your convictions – your bigotry – [are] only to be disseminated in anonymity and with a heaping dose off animosity.”

Burns said the website, www.lovekillspride.com, does not have contact information and gives no way for people to know who they are.

Both the website and its Facebook page state that Christians should not encourage or condone homosexuality.

“Do not think you are being loving by approving of the actions of your LGBT neighbors,” the website states. “Their actions separate them from the love of God, and are you really so hateful that you refuse to tell them?”

A posting on its Facebook page states, "In Jesus Christ, there is forgiveness for the sin of homosexuality."

But Burns charged that those who posted the signs “who think they’re doing ‘God’s work’ … lack the courage to stand up and speak up publicly.”

“You have failed to intimidate this mayor and this community,” Burns said. “Geneva respects all its citizens – whomever they love.  And, so, to the question ‘Got Love?’ I’ve never been more motivated and more proud to respond, “Yes, you’re darn right I do.'"

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