Police in Bucks County,
Pa., are investigating the vandalism of a gay pride flag as a
possible hate crime. The rainbow-colored flag was stolen from
the front porch of a lesbian couple's home on Friday evening in
Ferndale, about 35 miles northwest of the popular gay travel
destination New Hope.
When the flag was
returned to partners Mary Shaffer and Shelly Sickbert a few
days later, they reported it was balled up in the front yard
with a giant X painted on it from corner to corner. The flag
also was slashed and covered with tire marks, and it
reeked of urine.
Shaffer, who has lived
at the location for 10 years, responded with defiance toward
the perpetrator, whom she hypothetically described as male.
"I wish he had the
cojones to come back when it was light outside and talk with
me," she told
. "If he thinks this is going to make us go away, I'm
buying these things in bulk now, and every time one disappears,
five new ones are going up, because I'm sick of