Marriage Amendment Signs Stolen, Vandalized In Duluth
Posted at: 10/07/2012 4:46 PM
| Updated at: 10/08/2012 4:11 PM
The marriage amendment is a controversial subject on November's ballot, and several people have had their campaign signs taken or vandalized in their yards.
The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth had banners on display supporting the marriage amendment, which if passed would keep marriage between a man and a woman, but October 7 they were gone.
“I think it's sad when people do that,” Father Peter Muhich said. “In a democracy, we all have freedom of speech and it would be good if we could respect each other on difficult topics.”
The signs were taken and ripped off fencing in the middle of the night. While church members were sad to see the signs gone, they were far from shocked.
“I guess I'm not surprised,” Muhich said. “We've had other signs stolen already. Even the Bishop himself, in his yard, has had three stolen.”
“Vote Yes” signs are not the only ones that people said have been stolen. People with “Vote No” lawn signs have seen the same trend.
“One morning, I look out and the sign was gone,” Margot Klaber said. “I was really sad.”
Klaber does not support the marriage amendment, which means she does not want the ballot measure preventing marriage of same-sex couples added to the constitution. Instead of replacing her old sign that was stolen, she made a sign of her own.
The homemade sign reads: “Here was a 'Vote No' sign. It was taken.”
She also hung her new “Vote No” sign high in a tree to protect it from being stolen.
“I'm very proud of it,” Klaber said. “It has not been taken away.”
Many people in the Duluth area said people should respect each other's political views, regardless of where they stand.
“You should be able to put up your 'no' sign or your 'yes' sign, and it should stay there,” Our Lady of the Rosary member Inez Lillejord said.
Lillejord said she supports the marriage amendment, and all she wants is to be able to have her voice heard.
“Marriage is between a man and a woman,” Lillejord said. “When you try to redefine things, when you try to change our basic building blocks, it's like you're ripping out foundation. When you rip out foundation, your building is going to collapse.”