Anti-Gay, Bible Verse Billboard Causes Controversy in Tennessee (Photo)

| by Michael Allen

A billboard in Portland, Tenn., quotes Leviticus 18:22 from the Bible, "You shall not lie with a man as with a woman. It is an abomination."

Ronnie Monday paid for the anti-gay billboard with donations from friends, who are listed as "Concerned Christians" on the billboard.

"When the president came out and indicated that he thought that gay marriage was OK, that was pretty much the last straw," Monday told WSMV.

"As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. And He says it's wrong. And in my opinion, that's what it is, it's wrong," added Monday.

Monday didn't mention any of the other 76 forbidden acts in Leviticus.

"It's a free country," stated Chris Sanders, the executive director of the pro-gay Tennessee Equality Project. "The man has the right to put it up there. We're not questioning that, we're questioning whether it's the right message."

"We hate to see anything in a community that encourages that kind of divisiveness, picking on people," added Sanders.

The billboard has been up for four months and has another six months to stay up, but has garnered mixed reactions (video below).

"I was infuriated," Ashley Alderson told Fox 17. "It's pretty cruel to single out one group of sinners. I wouldn't want my sins posted on a billboard. That's the way I look at it."

"It's a love for people," claimed Elna Harman.

"That's how they feel if the opposite side wants to put something up it's their business," added Glenn Pennington.

Sources: WSMV, Fox 17