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'Gay Days at Disney' Warning Was Brilliant, Says Family Group

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By Michelle A. Vu, Christian Post Reporter
June 6, 2011|8:22 pm

The aircraft-flown banner that warned people about Gay Pride Days at Disney World was “brilliant,” said the head of a Florida family group.

“I think it was a brilliant thing. It has never been done before and I think it’s very appropriate in light of the very inappropriate nature that was going on at the time,” said John Stemberger, president of the Florida Family Policy Council, to The Christian Post on Monday.

The Florida Family Association, no relations to FFPC, chartered an aircraft to pull two seven-foot high banners – one on Friday and one on Saturday – above the Disney World area to warn potential park goers that attendees of Gay Pride Days would visit the Magic Kingdom on June 4.

About 15,000 gay attendees entered the Disney park on Saturday compared to the normal level of 30,000 children and their parents.

David Caton, executive director of Florida Family Association, told CP that members of his staff have been at Disney World during Gay Days for 18 of the 21 years that the event has occurred. But this was the first year they took to the sky to warn about it.

Caton claims that the group’s banner approach led to an estimated 50 to 60 percent reduction in the number of mainstream families that came to the park on Saturday.

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“There was a definite, drastic reduction of mainstream families there,” maintained Caton, whose team went to Magic Kingdom to assess the turnout.

Gay rights advocates have tried to push back, the FFA director claims, by trying to trick the Christian pro-family group into thinking that they are actually helping their opponents.

“They are sending us emails saying, ‘thank you, we didn’t know that this was going on, or that we forgot and we packed our families and went to Disney World,’” said Caton. “The only problem is 95 percent of the IPs are from out-of-state, so there is no way they could have possibly seen the banner, let alone got into the park to attend the event.”

For Stemberger, his problem with Gay Days at Disney is how attendees “flaunt” their sexuality when children are around, and that Disney allows the event to take place during normal business hours when other groups have to come in after hours to hold their events.

“No one is saying they don’t have a right to do it. The issue is why doesn’t Disney warn the parents and say this is Gay Day? We do that with movies, we do that with records. Why not do it with a theme park?” questioned Stemberger. “Or they can just close the whole thing off and do it in the evening and let them have unbridled debauchery. They don’t have to do it during the day … where there are thousands of children around that have to be exposed to this behavior.”

The Florida pro-family leader said hundreds if not thousands of Disney park goers have unsuspectingly visited during the Gay Days and were offended and left without a refund.

“It’s not just the fact that it’s gay,” asserted Stemberger. “You have to understand that it is the activity that is going on, the kissing, the inappropriate dress, the immodest and purposely provocative cross-dressing that goes on at the park.”

During the second year of Gay Days at Disney, according to FFA’s Caton, there were 1,800 transvestites dressed up in drag. He noted that even Disney had to tell the group to stop doing that.

 

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