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Mar 8, 2013 9:09 PM by Siera Santos, ssantos@koaa.com

Protesters claim "victory" over AFA

Protesters rallied at the corner of Voyager and Academy in Colorado Springs this afternoon to commemorate a "victory" over the Air Force Academy.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation posted a billboard earlier this week that read "Homosexuality is not kleptomania" in response to a link posted by the AFA. Although intended to be a reference for Jewish holidays, the link to www.jewfaq.org raised concerns among cadets because it only presents information about Orthodox Judaism.

Like many other conservative religions, the website's explanation of the Jewish religion denounces homosexuality and classifies woman as "separate but equal." The billboard referenced a segment in which homosexuals are compared to kleptomaniacs.

"First of all, it didn't encompass what it needed to and, second of all, it ended up being very offensive and very hurtful to a lot of people at the Air Force Academy," said protester Rachel Samuels.

Since the AFA linked the website, MRFF leader Mikey Weinstein says he has received numerous letters and phone calls from offended cadets and their parents.

"This could have been fixed in five to ten seconds but the Air Force Academy decided, 'No, we're not going to,'" Weinstein said. "I don't think they wanted to give a victory to our foundation representing those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual."

While the website still exists, the AFA has taken the link down.

The Academy told News Five earlier this week that "the link in question was simply intended as a resource for our airmen on this specific holiday-- nothing more."

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