‘Tillamook For Love’ campaign grows

Teenager stages counter protest against anti-gay protesters

Protesters stand on a corner in Tillamook, May 23, 2015 (MAKAILA RAGAN)
Protesters stand on a corner in Tillamook, May 23, 2015 (MAKAILA RAGAN)

TILLAMOOK, Ore. (KOIN) — A 16-year-old Tillamook girl has been standing on a street corner everyday since Tuesday, staging a counter protest against anti-gay activists.

Makaila Ragan said the men are holding anti-gay signs and saying vulgar things about homosexuals.  When she saw that, she took her own sign to the street corner, a sign that read “I heart gays”.

Since starting her counter protest, more and more people have joined her.  Saturday, about 40 people were on the busy corner of 1st and Main in downtown Tillamook.  Ragan said people from a church in Bay City joined the protest, as well as a bus load of people from Portland.

Even though protesters from both groups exchanged words today, there hasn’t been any violence.

Ragan said the ‘Tillamook For Love’ group has a lot of support.  They’ve even started a Facebook page.  They plan to use it to organize more impromptu pickets of anti-gay protesters in the future.

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