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Fight Over Same-Sex Marriage Turns Ugly With Sign Burning
Sacramento CA Bee 20Feb00 N1
By Ryan Kim: Examiner Staff

PLEASANTON, CALIFORNIA -- Unknown suspects collected about 30 pro-Knight Initiative yard signs from a neighborhood in Pleasanton and burned them in the parking lot of a local LDS Church before 1:45 am Saturday. Neighbors reported the bonfire at that time. Fire and police arrived on the scene and the LDS chapel did not suffer any damage.

Local police have no leads or suspects in the case, but assume that it was done because of the LDS Church's position on the initiative, They are treating the investigation as an interference of civil rights, which is a felony. "We feel that it was done purposely at the church because of their stance on Proposition 22," said police Sgt. Joe Buckovic. LDS Bishop Dan Hall, whose congregation meets in the chapel where the signs were burned, told the Bee he doesn't think the vandalism is right, "I'm disappointed that people would feel this is the right way to express their opinion," he said.

Opponents of the Knight Initiative were also angered at the action, "This is reprehensible and it's without the support of anyone in this campaign," said Mike Marshall, manager for the No on Knight Campaign. "I hope police find the people who did it and charge them to the fullest extent."

Supporters of the Initiative say that this is just the latest report of vandalism. About 1,600 signes were taken from yards in Hemet, California, the campaign says, since the signs were introduced on January 22nd.

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Prop. 22 signs burned in church parking lot
San Francisco CA Examiner 20Feb00 N1
By Ryan Kim: Examiner Staff


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