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story.lead_photo.caption A Festivus Pole, made from 16 Pabst Blue Ribbon cans, at the Florida Capitol.

A Florida-based political blogger lost his bid to place a "Festivus Pole" on the Capitol grounds for the holiday season.

On Monday, the secretary of state's office released a letter sent to Chaz Stevens earlier this month that denied his request to erect a 6-foot-tall pole aimed at celebrating gay pride.

The pole was inspired by an episode of the popular TV sitcom Seinfeld, in which "Festivus" was an alternative holiday that was celebrated with a tall aluminum pole.

Stevens' request was denied for several reasons by Secretary of State Mark Martin, who cited structural concerns with the pole, as well as issues of federal trademark law over the term "Festivus."

The denial letter also noted that Stevens is not a resident of Arkansas.

Stevens, who started seeking places to erect similar poles in Florida several years ago, has gotten approval to put up Festivus poles at the capitols in Oklahoma, Florida and Illinois.

Metro on 12/22/2015

Print Headline: Capitol refuses bid for 'Festivus' pole


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  • 23cal
    December 22, 2015 at 7:12 a.m.

    Wonder if we will see a lawsuit.

  • PopMom
    December 22, 2015 at 7:34 a.m.

    Mark Martin is a party pooper.

  • PenLR
    December 22, 2015 at 9:17 a.m.

    Stevens is too lazy to make up his own fake holiday.

  • Packman
    December 22, 2015 at 9:38 a.m.

    C'mon Mark Martin. Let Chaz have his fake celebration to celebrate his fake lifestyle choice. Cannot wait to see Chaz's Feats of Strength.
    Is it possible to parody a parody? Will the GBLTQIA community ever realize they are being punked by ole Chaz?

  • rosj2002
    December 22, 2015 at 10:40 a.m.

    what is it with gays and their love of poles?

  • HawgFan
    December 22, 2015 at 11:15 a.m.

    A Festivus for the rest of us!!!

    December 22, 2015 at 12:35 p.m.

    Gays simply Love Poles and they want to share the Joy with you at Christmas Time,

  • Kharma
    December 22, 2015 at 12:49 p.m.

    I like pole dancers. We need more and not less poles. Public parks should have poles. Give us poles. Now.

  • mrcharles
    December 22, 2015 at 2:33 p.m.

    I would believe we should reserve judgment until a structural engineer studies the pole and we have an environmental impact study done, better to be safe than sorry and rush to a decision we would regret. Could we , though, have the tradition of the Feats of Strength [ not clear on rules but we can have an emergency session of the legislature and come up with official rules with a violation being at least a Class A misdemeanor unless done in the presence of children] since rastling wont be around for a while at Little Rock's Verizon arena . I am negotiating for the TV rights to the feats of strength.

    Not sure of the strength of PBR cans [ my very first beer] , I suggest high grade steel supported by massive cables to support a 153.7 foot pole. [ this way it might double as a radio transmitter to Cuba , our new trading partner, to let Cuba know about freedom in Arkansas to be free of freedom for some] Give a welder or two a job to help the economy. Once the pole is erected, as Beavis says, huh huh, the rest of us, even those from bald knob , ,we can celebrate.

    And Capitol who ever you are , did you deny or refuse the bid. Surely some constitutional right is involved .

  • NoCrossNoCrown
    December 26, 2015 at 7:32 p.m.

    The great Arkansas taxpayers money give away continues....aka - Lawsuit