A prominent member of an Ohio church
has credited topless women for the increasing popularity of Columbus'
annual Gay Pride parade.
On Sunday, dancers from a gentlemen's
club organized a counter protest against a Warsaw church whose
members had been protesting the Foxhole North club for nearly a
At least six topless women and their
supporters marched in front of the New Beginnings Ministries Church.
In response, Dr. Patrick Johnston, a
church member, called on Ohio lawmakers to outlaw all public nudity.
“I am sick that women can legally
bare their breasts to children and to married men against their will
in Ohio,” he wrote on Facebook.
told ABC affiliate WSYX that women flaunting their sexuality in
public is “harmful to marriage.”
“I think what they did was an offense
to God, was an offense to the public morality, and the legislature
should act to criminalize what they did,” he said.
He said on Facebook: “The gay pride
parade in Columbus in 500,000 strong – why? Because the women go
“This is the only [Gay Pride parade]
where I've seen this level of nudity. San Francisco, Chicago,
Washington, D.C. I have never seen the kind of public lewdness I
have seen in Columbus, Ohio,” he explained to the network station.