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Girl in US confronts anti-gay protestor and inspires thousands

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By Euronews
Girl in US confronts anti-gay protestor and inspires thousands

<p>A simple anti-hate gesture of a young Ohio girl has touched the gay and lesbian community and beyond.</p> <p>Wearing a tie-dye skirt and holding a rainbow flag, seven-year-old Zea Bowling held her ground at a community festival when an anti-gay protestor yelled at her.</p> <p>Various crowd members gave Zea high-fives as she stared at a man holding a ‘Jesus Saves from Hell’ banner while he preached to her, “This world will give you heartache…and pain.”</p> <p>Her father, Ryan Bowling, who captured the incident on his phone, said he had only told her the day before about the US Supreme Court decision to legalise gay marriage.</p> <p>Mr Bowling was quoted as saying, “Zea was said to be shocked as to why a man at a festival would be so mean.”</p> <p>He noted that passersby were “passionately on her side, right away…People actually cried. I almost didn’t film it. It was pretty powerful.”</p> <p>An image of the first-grader holding the flag has even been emlazoned on a <a href="http://www.traxlertees.com/shop/clothing/14th-amendment/">T-shirt</a>, the proceeds of which will go to her family and a local gay and lesbian charity. The shirt, which has words from the 14th Amendment in behind the girl, will go on sale July 13.</p> <p>On June 26 the Supreme Court historically made gay marriage legal nation-wide in America.</p>