Published On: Fri, Jul 10th, 2015

Texas church sign vandalized over gay marriage message

A Texas church marquee that displayed a message disagreeing with the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on same-sex marriage was spray-painted with graffiti and profanity.

The Bisbee Baptist Church displayed the message: “Just because something is legal doesn’t mean it’s right.”

Within a couple of days, someone spray-painted the sign with the phrase, “F— 2 Your God We Love Gays!”

Pastor Freddie Matthews said he would like to talk to the person who vandalized the sign.

“Be willing to understand that we have our differences, but expressing them this way is not appropriate,” Matthews said.

Matthews had put up the message on June 28, the day after the Supreme Court’s ruling struck down the ban on same-sex marriage. He said the message coincided with his sermon that week about marriage and it was undisturbed for about six days.

 photo supplied by Victorian police

photo supplied by Victorian police

“What’s sad about it is that they used the obscenity,” Matthews said. “That’s a very blasphemous statement.”

The sign was not targeted for days and the pastor didn’t think much else about it.

I didn’t wake up Saturday morning to put something out there to make someone mad,” he said.

Mansfield police spokesman Thad Penkala said this crime would be considered criminal mischief, a Class B misdemeanor. He said detectives would have to investigate to determine if it rose to the level of a hate crime.

Matthews said he usually leaves messages up on the marquee for a week to 10 days and is contemplating what to put up next.

“The church is open to the community,” Matthews said. “ We want to share the love of God with all people.”



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