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For Immediate Release

Contact:
Chuck Smith, Interim Executive Director
Equality Texas
O: 512-474-5475


Equality Texas Denounces Bias-Motivated Threat Against Gay Couple
Equality Texas Urges Thorough Investigation by Donley County Sheriff


Austin, Texas (October, 3, 2012) – A Clarendon, Texas gay couple, Joshua Harrison and Jeremy Jeffers, woke up Monday morning to find their front porch painted with an anti-gay slur and a death threat.  "It was a nice message painted on our front porch right in front of our door," Harrison said. "The message says 'leave or die fags.'"

Leave or Die Fags
 

Equality Texas Interim Executive Director Chuck Smith issued the following statement:

Joshua Harrison and Jeremy Jeffers should not have to live in fear in their own home simply because of their sexual orientation.  No Texan should ever have to live in fear of violence because of their sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

The Clarendon Enterprise recently published an advertisement from the Clarendon Church of Christ entitled "The Homosexual Movement". In the ad, Minister Chris Moore erroneously equates homosexuality with pedophilia and polygamy.

Clarendon Church of Christ Pastor Chris Moore is entitled to his own beliefs, and his freedom of speech is protected by the United States Constitution. However, it is a fact that when people teach or preach homophobia and anti-gay rhetoric, it can inflame people to the point of violence.

Equality Texas urges Donley County Sheriff Charles “Butch” Blackburn to conduct a thorough investigation of this bias-motivated incident.  Anyone with information about this crime should contact the Donley County Sheriff’s office at 806-874-3533.



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