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Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Lamar Advertising refuses Georgia Equality request for "neighbors" billboard

Georgia Equality Executive Director to Face-Off with Lamar Outdoor Executive LIVE on Fox News

A statement from Georgia Equality indicates they have scheduled an on-air debate with Lamar Outdoor Advertising, billboard giant. Lamar has recently refused Georgia Equality's request to purchase billboard space.

"Your World with Neil Cavuto" on Fox News Network will feature the face-off on Thursday, August 4, 2005 from 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. The program will be re-broadcast at 1:00 a.m. Friday, August 5, 2005 also on the Fox News Channel. Cavuto's program is said to have an audience of approximately 1.5 million for each airing.

Despite numerous requests from various sources, Lamar execs have not yet confirmed whether or not they will appear as this post is uploaded.

Georgia Equality summarizes the events leading up to the broadcast this way:

"The controversy arose when Georgia Equality contacted Lamar about placing advertisements on its billboards in South Georgia for the “We Are Your Neighbors” campaign. Lamar refused because it defied “community standards,” but the president of the company said that he did not agree with the local manager to decline the business. He went on to say, however, that he would not override the decision by the local manager."

I guess LGBT money shouldn't go into any of the products advertised by Lamar.

Here is the billboard they refused:

For those wishing to contact Lamar Advertising, please see the contact information provided below.

Lamar Advertising Company
5551 Corporate Boulevard, Suite 2-A
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
General Information: Theresa Doran
Mailing Address: P. O. Box 66338Baton Rouge, LA 70896

Corporate Phone Number: (225) 926-1000

Corporate Fax Numbers:(225) 926-1005
Executive: (225) 923-0658

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