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Gay Pride Flag Stolen, Set on Fire in Georgia

Gay Pride Flag Stolen, Set on Fire in Georgia


Police in Forsyth County are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

A homeowner in Georgia discovered a rainbow flag they flew on Friday in honor of the marriage equality ruling was later torn down and lit on fire -- on the windshield of their car.

Miraculously, no one was hurt, even though the arsonist spread accelerant all around the vehicle and on the flag, which was lit on fire after being placed on the car's windshield. A tree in the homeowner's front yard was damaged in the blaze.

"From the beginning, we're treating it as an obvious hate crime ... because previously the house had an American flag flying and just on Friday they changed it to a rainbow flag," Robin Regan, a spokesman for the sheriff's office told Forsyth County News.

The victim has not been named out of concern for her safety. There have been a rash of arsons in the South recently, mostly affecting historically black churches. An LGBT mural in San Francisco's Mission District was torched on Monday, after already being ignited two other times.

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