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

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon
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:
1 PHOTOS
Gay Pride 'Festivus Poles
See Gallery
Religious activist puts up gay pride Festivus poles at state capitol buildings
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE


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

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

From Our Partners

Cops Catch Up To A Suspicious Speeding Vehicle - And Make An Appalling Discovery Inside Cops Catch Up To A Suspicious Speeding Vehicle - And Make An Appalling Discovery Inside
Don't Get Too Close To a Newborn Giraffe Unless You Want to Get Kicked in the Nuts Don't Get Too Close To a Newborn Giraffe Unless You Want to Get Kicked in the Nuts
If You Find One Of These In Your Yard, Don't Touch It - And Try Not To Panic If You Find One Of These In Your Yard, Don't Touch It - And Try Not To Panic