JoeMyGod brings us this video of a North Carolina man shooting a “Vote Against On Amendment 1 On May 8” sign in his neighbor’s yard urging residents to oppose amending the state constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships. The user has apparently attempted to take down the video, but YouTube users have preserved it:
Joe reports that he has “spoken to the Kannopolis, North Carolina police department and they are looking into what will be classified a crime if the shotgun was fired onto property that includes a home or business.”
This shooting is only one of many small incidents indicative of the ugly divide this Amendment is creating. Vote FOR Marriage NC, the group supporting the discriminatory measure, has claimed that an “older female supporter coming home from church was violently beaten by a man who threatened her to take down yardsign,” but the story seems to be mostly fabricated. The group has made similar dubious claims about vandalism to its billboards.
Just yesterday, a Unitarian church reported that its anti-amendment sign had been stolen. These incidents speak to the way divisive measures like Amendment One hurt communities before they even have the chance to take effect.