Tawana Williams And Stacy Baker were away on their honeymoon when the Novi, Mich., couple found out late last week that they were the victims of an arson that may have been a hate crime.
Fox 2 reports Williams and Baker were notified by a neighbor last Saturday that their mobile home was engulfed in flames while they were away in Las Vegas.
Baker told the news station that after the blaze was put out, firefighters discovered the inside of the home had been vandalized with threatening slurs and anti-gay messages. She believes she and her partner may have been targeted because of their relationship. She noted their wedding gifts were lost in the blaze.
"Might be, allegedly be a hate crime and some references to me and my partner's sexuality," she told Fox 2.
Same-sex couples are legally barred from marrying in Michigan due to a 2004 amendment to the state constitution.
Neighbor Lisa Harvin told the Oakland Press that the couple, who have a 10-year-old daughter, had a peaceful relationship with others in the neighborhood.
“They didn’t bother nobody around here. They’re really nice people," Harvin said. "It’s nobody’s business what they do.”
According to the Oakland Press, the couple have returned to Metro Detroit and are currently living in a motel.
MLive reports that police are seeking information about the case, and a sign advertising a $5,000 reward for tips is posted on the property.
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