Jim Leggett of Edenton believes homosexuals are becoming more visible, and he believes that’s wrong. So Leggett, 63, paid for a billboard in April on U.S. 17 outside of Edenton:
“Which is true? Homosexuality is lawful (Supreme Court) or homosexuality is an abomnination (Supreme Being).”
Leggett believes homosexuality is an abomination.
Because so many people publicly complained about the billboard and because “abomination” was misspelled, Leggett said he agreed to take the sign down after a month. But he remains vocal about his beliefs.
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“I was trying to draw a parallel there,” said Leggett. “Homosexuality is lawful through the Supreme Court. But Leviticus 18:22 calls it an abomination.... Yes, I do love you. But I hate your sin. And I hate my sin. God hates our sin. It’s a defilement of the flesh.”
Leggett said he’s not motivated by bigotry but rather a need to speak “the truth.”
Other people in the community see it differently. Roger Coleman, a retired minister who runs the Edenton Chowan Food Pantry, believes the billboard was not only inappropriate but also a form of intimidation. He likened it to “sundown town” signs that targeted African Americans in the early 1900s.
“This is a sign of fear and this doesn’t belong in a community, regardless of whether one is supportive of gay lifestyles or not,” Coleman said. “You just don’t do that to people. This was very personal.”