Returning from Nashville where Carol Ann and Laura celebrated their anniversary, the couple found a pile of rubble where their dream home once stood.
Despite numerous police reports documenting a neighbor that had threatened to burn down their home and who repeatedly told them, “The only thing better than one dead queer is two dead queers,” no arrests have been made.
I received an e-mail from change.org about it, I thought I’d share it.
Hey! We’ve had a few questions on christians/lgbt community, so I thought I’d answer with my own story. I can’t speak for the rest of my group as we each have our own reason for starting this campaign, but here’s mine. I was raised in a very strict Christian family from Northern Ireland, but we also had close family friends who are gay. As I have no other family in Scotland these friends became almost like a second family and I have always called them my Uncles.
The other year we got their wedding invitation and of course I was excited, I told every one I knew that I was going. However some people were less excited, a couple people at my Dad’s work told him that they’d never talk to him again and a girl from my church screamed at me and told me that God hated me and everyone else at the wedding.
They are some of my closest friends and I never even realised that their marriage would cause anything other than happiness. Of course we went anyway, and it was the one of the funnest days ever! However I was still shocked that I knew homophobic people - it had always seemed like a distant issue that didn’t affect me.
So there you are. I am straight and non-denominational christian (that’s a whole other story) and I support LGBT rights in an active way. I cannot believe that homosexuality is a sin, so I don’t and neither do my parents. Homophobia is a major issue and is unacceptable, from anyone.