Religious activist puts up gay pride Festivus poles at state capitol buildings

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Religious Activist Puts Up Gay Pride Festivus Poles at State Capitals

Wreaths and decorations are everywhere during the holiday season, but one Florida man is trying to introduce a new kind of decoration to state capitals all across the country.

SEE ALSO: Prisoners build toys to give to children in need for Christmas

Chaz Stevens and his group, The Humanity Fund, are attempting to decorate as many government buildings as they can with what they describe as a gay pride Festivus pole.

See the the pole at the Washington State Capitol:
10 PHOTOS
Gay Pride 'Festivus Poles
See Gallery
Religious activist puts up gay pride Festivus poles at state capitol buildings
Robert Ray and his family, of Granite Falls, Wash., set up a "Festivus Pole" supporting gay rights at left, Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The pole, based on a fictional holiday depicted in the popular 1990s television sitcom "Seinfeld," is one of several displayed at other state capitols across the country, and was displayed in Olympia near a Biblical nativity scene and a winter solstice display put up the the Freedom from Religion Foundation. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
From left, siblings Kelli, Caitlynn, and Kerri Ray walk near a "Festivus Pole" supporting gay rights that they helped their father, Robert Ray, put up Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The pole, based on a fictional holiday depicted in the popular 1990s television sitcom "Seinfeld," is one of several displayed at other state capitols across the country, and was displayed in Olympia near a Biblical nativity scene and a winter solstice display put up the the Freedom from Religion Foundation. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Robert Ray, right, of Granite Falls, Wash., stands next to a mirrored disco ball on top of a "Festivus Pole" that he set up in support of gay rights, Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The pole, based on a fictional holiday depicted in the popular 1990s television sitcom "Seinfeld," is one of several displayed at other state capitols across the country, and was displayed in Olympia near a Biblical nativity scene and a winter solstice display put up the the Freedom from Religion Foundation. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Robert Ray, right, of Granite Falls, Wash., puts up a "Festivus Pole" supporting gay rights as his family looks on, Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The pole, based on a fictional holiday depicted in the popular 1990s television sitcom "Seinfeld," is one of several displayed at other state capitols across the country, and was displayed in Olympia near a Biblical nativity scene and a winter solstice display put up the the Freedom from Religion Foundation. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Robert Ray, right, of Granite Falls, Wash., looks on with members of his family as Damien Athope, left, walks to place a mirrored disco ball on top of a "Festivus Pole" supporting gay rights, Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The pole, based on a fictional holiday depicted in the popular 1990s television sitcom "Seinfeld," is one of several displayed at other state capitols across the country, and was displayed in Olympia near a Biblical nativity scene and a winter solstice display put up the the Freedom from Religion Foundation. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Robert Ray, right, of Granite Falls, Wash., stands with members of his family after they put up a "Festivus Pole" supporting gay rights, Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The pole, based on a fictional holiday depicted in the popular 1990s television sitcom "Seinfeld," is one of several displayed at other state capitols across the country, and was displayed in Olympia near a Biblical nativity scene and a winter solstice display put up the the Freedom from Religion Foundation. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Robert Ray, right, of Granite Falls, Wash., stands with members of his family after they put up a "Festivus Pole" supporting gay rights, Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The pole, based on a fictional holiday depicted in the popular 1990s television sitcom "Seinfeld," is one of several displayed at other state capitols across the country, and was displayed in Olympia near a Biblical nativity scene and a winter solstice display put up the the Freedom from Religion Foundation. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Robert Ray, right, of Granite Falls, Wash., looks on with members of his family as Damien Athope, second from right, places a mirrored disco ball on top of a "Festivus Pole" supporting gay rights, Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The pole, based on a fictional holiday depicted in the popular 1990s television sitcom "Seinfeld," is one of several displayed at other state capitols across the country, and was displayed in Olympia near a Biblical nativity scene and a winter solstice display put up the the Freedom from Religion Foundation. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
From left, siblings Kelli, Caitlynn, and Kerri Ray walk near a "Festivus Pole" supporting gay rights that they helped their father, Robert Ray, put up Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The pole, based on a fictional holiday depicted in the popular 1990s television sitcom "Seinfeld," is one of several displayed at other state capitols across the country, and was displayed in Olympia near a Biblical nativity scene and a winter solstice display put up the the Freedom from Religion Foundation. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION


The poles are six-and-a-half-feet tall, draped in a pride flag with an 8-inch disco ball on top.

Festivus is the holiday popularized by "Seinfeld" as a secular day where loved ones can air their grievances around an aluminum pole.

Stevens says he has a big grievance against states that he says actively promote Christianity instead of separating church and state.

"In December of 2013, I felt the religious symbols being displayed in the state of Florida capitol rotunda building were showing the state's endorsement of a certain viewpoint. So I forced the state of Florida to allow me to erect a Festivus pole," Chaz Stevens said.

State capitol buildings have been a holiday battleground as groups who are fed up with displays featuring only Christian symbols have demanded equal access to promote whatever agenda they want.

So The Humanity Fund got permission to erect the gay pride Festivus poles in Washington, Illinois, Missouri, Michigan, Oklahoma, Georgia and Florida this year, though not without some backlash.

Some lawmakers in Oklahoma said the pole is offensive to Christians and should be removed, even though it was legally approved.

Oklahoma Rep. David Brumbaugh told KWTV: "Just because something meets the legal criteria, doesn't mean that it is wise to approve every request. This is just another example of the continued war on Christmas."

But Stevens says he has no intention of stopping his mission to promote Festivus cheer while making a tongue-in-cheek point about free speech.

More from AOL.com:
TSA can now require passengers to go through full-body scanner
Severe storms kill six in Southern U.S., snarl holiday traffic
Carson suggests campaign shake-up is coming
Read Full Story

People are Reading