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08/02/2013 11:26 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Gosford Anglican Church In Australia Posts Amazing Pro-Gay Sign For Homophobic Christians: 'Get Over It'

Get over it!

That's the amazingly simple message from Australian Anglican church leader Father Rod Bower, whose statement of equality immediately went viral after he posted it online this week.

The original sign stands outside the Anglican Parish of Gosford in Australia, where it currently reads, "Dear Christians, some people are gay, get over it, Love God." The social-media friendly father also recreated the sign in an image he shared widely on Facebook.

Bower, a longtime supporter of gay rights in Australia, told local news site the Daily Telegraph that he was surprised but pleased by the support he's received.

"This has gone international now -- there are people liking it all over the world and it is just a little sign in Gosford," Bower told the Daily Telegraph, adding, "The conservative view is not the only view. ... Marriage equality is a hot issue at the moment and it seems the church is struggling to get over this issue. I am reflecting on what the spirit of God might be saying in a modern world."

Although nearby New Zealand has already legalized gay marriage, Australian same-sex couples are still waiting their turn. The country's same-sex advocates received good news earlier this week, however, after a Parliamentary inquiry suggested the country's politicians were becoming amenable to the idea.

(Hat tip, Queerty)

Clarification: Bower posted two versions of his sign to Facebook this week. The picture shown above is the actual sign that stands in front of Gosford Anglican Church.

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