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article imageProgressive Insurance Broker Decries Gay Marriages

By Debra Myers     Nov 14, 2007 in Business
Progressive Insurance broker Rick Piper has placed a huge sign in his office window which reads: "Save the kids -- Say no to gay marriage in NY." Now the debate begins. Does the township have authority to have him pull the sign? Or will Progressive?
Southport, NY - Rick Piper put the sign in his window about a month ago, to make people aware of the New York State Assembly's approval of same-sex marriages that happened several months back. Piper calls it a sin and cites Bible passages that oppose homosexuality.
Since then, Progressive's headquarters in Mayfield, Ohio has been receiving a lot of calls and complaints about Piper's sign. Progressive spokeswoman Leslie Kolleda said that they have asked Piper to take the sign down or they will take theirs from him. "It takes a little bit of time," she said.
Piper has admitted that he has been asked to remove the sign, and even though he's stood firm and hasn't, Progressive hasn't stopped him from selling their insurance either. "They just don't want to be associated apparently with the sign that I have there," said Piper.
Despite the uproar within the community, and all those that feel that the sign is discriminatory, the town of Southport has now taken the stance that they will take no action as the sign is considered free speech.
What do you think? Does this sign fall under 'free speech'? Should Progressive pull their own sign just because of Piper's refusal to take down the sign in his window?
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