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Mississippi Gay Couple Fears For Safety After Homophobic Vandalism On Their Home

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A Mississippi-based gay couple say they fear for their safety after being targeted on several instances by homophobic vandals.

As local ABC affiliate WTOK is reporting, Dustin Tasso and Matt James say they have been harassed in their home simply for being gay.

"Someone came to our home, busted our window out of the back of my car," Tasso told the news channel. "Our home was broken into, profanity was spraypainted on the road in front of our driveway. You know it's just a scary feeling for us, and we just feel our lives are in danger."

Added James, "We just felt like there needed to be something done, because it's not just us this stuff happens everyday, and I mean it's not noticed or recognized and there's got to be some kind of justice."

Though local authorities say the investigation is too early to determine whether hate crime charges would be brought against the culprit, the couple nonetheless say they've gone public in an effort to prevent similar cases from happening elsewhere.

In May, a Mississippi state lawmaker who cited a Bible passage on Facebook calling for gay men to be "put to death" took to the social networking site again to refuse to apologize for the remark.

Rep. Andy Gipson (R-Braxton) went on Facebook Friday to say that although he has been receiving emails and calls from around the country about his citation of Leviticus 20:13, as well as Romans 1:26-28, in a May 10 Facebook post on President Barack Obama's endorsement of gay marriage, he will not say he's sorry. The emails have come in response to a petition calling on the lawmaker to issue an apology and to meet with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy groups in the state.

Thanks to our friends at Towleroad for drawing our attention to this story.

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