‘Get out fags!’ Couple’s home vandalised with shocking graffiti
A gay couple have spoken out after their home was vandalised with the message ‘Get out fags’.
Keith Davis and David Ruth live at their Chester County, Pennsylvania, home along with two sons and four dogs.
But the pair – who have been embroiled in a bitter feud with some of their neighbours over a security fence – were shocked to find their house vandalised with a homophobic message.
Davis recalled to NBC that he “couldn’t believe it” when he awoke to see the message “Get out fags” spray-painted over their garage door.
Upon finding the message he raised the garage door to ensure that his kids would not see the message, and contacted the police.
The police have not tracked down any suspects in the vandalism, but the couple suspect it may be connected to their ongoing neighbourhood spat, which has led to a court case.
On other occasions the pair have found their security sensors broken, while their contested fence has also been vandalised on two other occasions.
Davis added: “The police have investigated, but have not been able to prove who has been committing these acts of violence against us.”
One of the plaintiffs in the fence dispute “acknowledged that he would yell ‘other things’ which included homophobic slurs” at the pair according to court documents – but other neighbours deny the spat is in any way connected to homophobia.
Local resident Frank Charlton, another plaintiff in the case, said: “Most of my neighbours who were involved or weren’t involved are just disgusted with the way this evolved into a homophobic thing.
“It is about a fence. It was about a fence.”
But finding in favour of Davis and Ruth in the fence case last month, Judge Jeffrey R Sommer ruled: “This case is not at all about a fence.
“There is no doubt that once Mr. Davis’ sexual orientation was discovered, the tenor of the neighbourhood interactions changed.”
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Davis and Ruth say the case has drained their finances – which means they have had to hold off on their wedding, and are struggling to finalise their permanent adoption.