Controversial roadside sign greets PGA visitors

By Stefanie

JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) - There's something on John's Island that's drawing fans' attention before they even get to the golf course. It's a sign that's tied to a hot button issue, with a message, loud and clear.

The roadside{}sign, 'God Marriage{}1 Man{}1 Woman Chick-Fil-A,' is one of the last things the estimated 30,000 people expected to drive to the PGA Championship everyday will see{}on the way to Kiawah Island.

The statement reflects the weeks of national attention after Chick-Fil-A President Dan Cathy said he was against gay marriage.

On Johns Island, an anonymous party has posted two of the marriage signs on Bohicket and River roads, for all the PGA to see.

Pastor Greg Butler preaches at Stono Baptist Church on Johns Island and had his own message on his church's sign earlier in the week that said, 'Chick-Fil-A and PGA all the way.'

"The Chick-Fil-A sandwich is a very fundamental sandwich. There is a right way to make it and a wrong way to make it and there is only one way to make it right," said Pastor Greg Butler. "Same way with the PGA, everyone in that gallery and those golfers has got a certain set of rules and regulations they have to follow or it's not golf."

"Well, in the same way, we believe God only has one way for marriage."

Pastor Greg said his roadside statement was for his sermon last Sunday and wasn't meant to hurt anybody.

"We don't hate people who don't think the same way we do or believe the same way we do," Pastor Greg said.

Warren Redman-Gress, Executive Director of the Alliance for Full Acceptance, doesn't see it that way. Redman-Gress lives on Seabrook Island and thinks the signs create a bad image for the area.

"It sends a negative message and also it sends a negative message to our visitors who are here for the PGA this particular week," Warren Redman-Gress said. "We are talking about thousands of people coming into the area seeing a statement that really narrowly defines what Charleston is versus really expressing the great variety that families are in Charleston."

A Chick-Fil-A corporate spokesman said the company did not put up or endorse the signs and said they are working to have their logos removed from the signs immediately.