The pastor at Bible Holiness Church has taken to the web for a campaign to stop the event. The church has setup a “Stop Elkton Pride” website at ElktonPrideDay.com and a Facebook page with over 300 “likes.”
From the site:
Many times these events seem to slip in under the radar and over time a gradual slide in the wrong direction desensitizes the citizenry to the point of acceptance. We would like to extend a warm welcome to all people from all walks of life, however we cannot condone or support that which will ultimately bring detriment to society.
“Merck has a long-standing history of supporting diversity in our workforce and our communities. We believe that our approach to diversity is as broad as our lifesaving medicine, and we’re proud and honored to partner with the Shenandoah Valley Gay and Lesbian Association to sponsor this inaugural Elkton Pride Event,” says Merck spokesperson Cheznee Johnson.
GayRVA.com received an e-mail from a resident wishing to shed light on the event.
You may or may not be aware that the small town of Elkton, which is a part of Rockingham County, is holding the 1st every pride event, named “Elkton Pride.” I am so thrilled that an event like this is being held near my home, and I think it shows just how much progress is being made by our community members and allies.
Sadly, there is an even bigger campaign happening to STOP this event, which is scheduled for Sunday, October 9th. The campaign to “Stop Elkton Pride” is being run by a local church. I have attached several local media links below that depict that controversy and negativity surrounding this event.
Festival organizers are moving forward with the event and you can follow updates on their Facebook page.