LGBT rights march planned in Berea after vandalism at lesbian couple's home

Published: Apr. 2, 2017 at 7:02 PM EDT
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Supporters of LGBT rights have planned a rally Monday in central Kentucky after hateful messages were spray-painted on a lesbian couple’s property.

Bereans for Fairness and the Madison County chapter of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth are leading the march, scheduled to begin Monday at five p.m. at Union Church.

David Shroyer with Bereans for fairness said the group hopes to bring attention to the need for a fairness ordinance in the town. About two and a half years ago, city leaders considered passing one.

That vote failed, but the people who pushed for it haven't given up.

Recent events have only increased their efforts.

Last week, a lesbian couple woke to find their home had been the target of vandals.

“Their cars were spray-painted,” Shroyer said. “Their house was spray-painted with hate messages.”

Marchers will start at the church and make their way to the meeting of the Berea Human Rights Commission, where they hope their message will be heard.

“Publicly restate and affirm Berea's commitment to equality for all for protection of all citizens to be able to live in the security of their homes without having hate expressed toward them,” Shroyer said.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation into the graffiti.