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Twitter is having a field day mocking a recent post by a Mormon couple who displayed an anti-LGBTQ+ flag in their yard.

“We hard June was the month to hang up flags celebrating our personal beliefs about gender, sexuality, and identity,” tweeted April Wilde Despain. “So we hung up ours!” The post included a photo of Despain and a man, who is presumably her husband, standing beside a flag displaying the Mormon proclamation on “The Family.”

The proclamation states that “marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator’s plan for the eternal destiny of His children” and declares “gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose.”

Many responded to Despain’s post to taunt the couple for believing they schooled liberals. Some pointed out the man’s “Flight of the Conchords” shirt, explaining that the comedy duo staunchly supported LGBTQ+ rights. Despain responded by explaining that they are allowed to like “Flight of the Conchords” because of tolerance for people with different beliefs than they have.

In a follow-up tweet, Despain responded to the criticism she received, in which she included none other than an Elton John quote to express the fact that she wasn’t letting others bring her down. Elton John is gay and raising two children with his husband.

“Thanks for all the ‘love, tolerance, and inclusion’ my family has experienced as a result of stating our beliefs about gender, sexuality, identity, and love,” Despain wrote. “Here’s my response: I’m still standing. Yeah, yeah, yeah.”

She then added that Elton John is her favorite artist and that, again, she’s allowed to be a fan because of “tolerance.”

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