Street Preacher May Serve Jail Time After Citing Bible Verses Against Local Oklahoma LGBTQ Organization

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Rich Penkoski, a street preacher and pastor who runs the online organization Warriors for Christ, is appealing to the Oklahoma Supreme Court after he was served a five-year restraining order that threatened him with jail time if he speaks out in opposition against a local LGBTQ advocacy group.  After preaching outside a local Pride event last fall in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Penkoski posted a public photo of the same-sex wedding of Sheena Hayes and Morgan Lawrence-Hayes, the executive board president of the Bartlesville chapter of Oklahomans for Equality.  He also cited scriptures condemning homosexuality.  A police report was later filed stating, “the couple felt threatened and harassed by Penkoski’s social media posts.”