Controversy

May 25, 2012 4:32 PM

Some Upset By Controversial Billboard Along New Circle Road In Lexington

There's no shortage of sites to see along Lexington's New Circle Road, but when Joe Groves approached the Leestown exit Friday, a few words on a billboard in black text, caught him by surprise.

"I happened to just glance over and I couldn't believe that was posted," said Groves.

What Groves saw is a billboard reading "homosexuality is an abomination" and "abortion is murder" along with references to bible scripture.

"When i saw that, it just really ticked me off," said Groves

The very bottom of the billboard reads "Bluegrass Church Of Christ," an organization that appears to be based out of Georgetown.

Groves says he's already contacted the Lexington mayor's office and the Human Rights Commission, and, despite this being an issue of free speech, he wants the message taken down immediately.

"It made me uncomfortable," said Groves.

And it seems Groves is not alone. "I don't think it's an appropriate place for that type of statement," said motorist Allison Jones. "Maybe their goal is to reach a lot of people, but I don't think it's done in the right way."

"Everybody's entitled to their own beliefs, but as far as it being up, I don't think it should be," said another motorist, James McFarland.

The billboard appears to have gone up in the last few days, and as long as it's there, Groves says he'll keep fighting for its removal. "I'm not gonna stop until it's down," he said.

LEX 18's calls to the Bluegrass Church Of Christ were not returned.

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