A gay couple in the Texas panhandle found a death threat on their front porch on Monday, according to Pronews 7 in Amarillo.
“Leave or die fags” was painted in capital letters just outside the front door of Joshua Harrison and Jeremy Jeffers in Clarendon, a city of 2,000 in Donley County.
The threatening graffiti — which the local sheriff acknowledges was a hate crime — comes in the wake of an anti-gay advertisement in the local newspaper by a Church of Christ pastor.
The ad in the Clarendon Enterprisewas taken out by Pastor Chris Moore and listed seven bullet points warning of the dangers of “the homosexual movement.”
“Folks, don’t be fooled, the ‘gay’ agenda isn’t about ‘equal’ rights for gay couples,” reads the ad. “Their agenda would force everyone to compromise their values, make our children legal prey for pedophiles.”
Harrison and Jeffers, who’ve been together for a year and a half, say they fear for their lives and are considering moving.
“I’m absolutely terrified because if there are people in this town that are willing to go to the lengths to vandalize our house and to scare us, they they might be going the lengths to do physical harm on us,” Harrison said.
Watch Pronews 7’s report below, was well as uncut interviews with the victims and the pastor.