April Wilde Despain, a Twitter user, shared a picture of herself and her husband in front of a flag with a wall of text describing the Mormon Family Declaration during Pride month – it provoked a huge response.
A Homophobic Declaration
April’s reply to Pride Month tweet shows her, with her husband, standing proudly next to a flag depicting a wall of text containing homophobic declarations and asserting their beliefs about marriage.
It Went Viral
Their tweet garnered more than eight hundred thousand views.
The Values in the Declaration
The declaration, which was released by prominent LDS Church members in 1995, makes claims that marriage is only legitimate in God’s plan if it is between a man and a woman.
The Results for Departing These Values
The flag goes on to say that any departure from what it considers to be “family values” would result in “calamities prophesied by ancient and modern prophets.”
They Hung up Their Own Flag Celebrating
April’s accompanying comment said, “We heard June was the month to hang up flags celebrating our personal beliefs about gender, sexuality, and identity. We, therefore, hung up ours.”
The Tweet Received Thousands of Mixed Reactions
Almost immediately, the Mormon couple’s post received a barrage of mixed reactions in response.
One Twitter user commented, “This is what happens when your only source of amusement in life is the church,” and another user added, “I guess you misunderstood how flags are intended to work. They serve as rapid distinguishers because you can’t print an entire story on a flag.”
Several Supporters Asked Where She Got the Flag
On the other hand, one supporter wrote, “Your current flag is a vast improvement over the seven flags that a clown attempted to have planted in your yard.”
I Want One
Several other supporters commented, asking where they could get a flag like that.
Some others pointed to the husband’s T-shirt, which featured the LGBTQ+ community-supportive members of the New Zealand musical comedy team Flight of the Conchords.
A “Weapon” Against Homophobes
April has already responded to the flood of mocking tweets, referring to pro-LGBTQ+ Pride banners as a “weapon” against homophobes.
She Posted Another Tweet
She then referenced Elton John after posting another picture of an American flag that had been raised next to the Mormon statement.
The Creator’s Plan?
April wrote, “A new day, a new pair of tapered sweatpants and cargo shorts. We believe that the family is at the heart of the creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of his children and that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained by God.”
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