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Anti-Gay Marriage Group Claims University Place Woman Stole "Reject R-74" Signs

Preserve Marriage Washington's website doesn't name the woman, but it claims she bragged on Facebook that she and an accomplice stole two dozen signs the night of Oct. 25 or Oct. 26.

A anti-gay marriage group is claiming that an unnamed University Place woman stole campaign yard signs that were against Referendum 74, which is on the Nov. 6 ballot.

The website belonging to Preserve Marriage Washington made the claim earlier this week, citing an apparent contest between R-74 supporters to rip out the yard signs.

A gay marriage supporter, whose Facebook page identifies her as living in University Place, bragged on that social media site that she and an accomplice stole two dozen “Reject R-74” signs the night of October 25 or 26, 2012.

She brazenly displayed a photo of the stolen lawn signs, with a caption reading: “Beat that Steph!!! 24 Baby!!!! What do we win aagain [sic]???” Many of her friends congratulated her and cheered her on.

Preserve Marriage Washington doesn't name the woman, but it did say the alleged sign-stealing is hypocritical of gay marriage supporters, who champion tolerance and understanding. It pointed to other recent instances in which R-74 opponents were harrassed by the measure's supporters.

"There is nothing tolerant, fair, or kind about stealing, vandalism, and harassment,” said Chip White, the group's spokesman. “The gay marriage forces have called this a cynical political tactic. Being attacked, harassed, and intimidated isn’t a tactic by our side, but it does show that supporters of gay marriage don’t really mean it when they talk about the importance of tolerance.”

We ask you, Patch users, do the anti-R-74 people have a legitimate complaint, or is this a late election tactic? Tell us in the comments below.

Chip White November 02, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Her name is clearly visible on her Facebook page: Jana Weaver.
Stephanie Papke November 02, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Removing political signs from public property is not stealing and is not illegal. It's actually illegal to put Political signs on public property. This is a real stretch to make approve r74 supporters look like the bad guy! Removing of signs is not anywhere close to attacking, harassing, or intimidating people!
David Anderson November 02, 2012 at 05:03 PM
“ According to the state law in RCW 29A.84.040, any person who removes or defaces lawfully placed political advertising including yard signs or billboards without authorization is guilty of a misdemeanor.” http://lakewood.patch.com/articles/stealing-political-signs-breaks-state-law-police-warn
Chip White November 02, 2012 at 05:06 PM
The gay marriage activist wasn't just stealing signs from public property, she was also stealing signs from private property. And then on her Facebook page, she admitted to stealing and she bragged about her crime. To see a screenshot of her Facebook page where she is bragging and her friends are congratulating her, you can check out the photo album on Preserve Marriage Washington's Facebook page at this link https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.419879788079999.100367.309509829116996&type=3
Simone Cannon November 02, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Geez, I wish I'd thought of it! :-) I would love to rid Gig Harbor of hate-related, homophobic propaganda.
Stephanie Papke November 02, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Yes Simone!! And since we are referring to some laws in Washington, I have a few to add: In the State of Washington, it’s illegal to use an x-ray machine to fit shoes. In Everett, Washington, it’s illegal to display a hypnotized person in a store In Bremerton, Washington, it’s illegal for a person in a “nude condition” to be present where booze is sold. In Seattle, Washington, a cow’s tail must be clean before it can be milked. In Washington, one can’t hold onto a dead body as collateral for a debt. In Everett, Washington, it’s against the law to feed the ducks. In Washington, the doors of all theaters, opera houses and places of exhibition must swing outward. In Everett, Washington, it’s a crime to stand on a chair while watching a peep show. In Washington, a vending machine cannot be attached to a utility pole. In Bremerton, Washington, it’s illegal to own a gorilla.
David Anderson November 02, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Stephanie, it’s not harassment to ask you to defend your position. Your initial statement had some merit in that you said “It’s actually illegal to put Political signs on public property.” In that you are correct. As a matter of fact, according to the University Place website of codes for political signs: (1) Zero set-back from the Right of Way (ROW) is allowable, specifically “Political signs may be placed along the edge of the right-of-way” http://www.mrsc.org/wa/universityplace/index_dtsearch.html; (2) “ ‘Right-of-way’ means all public streets and property granted or reserved for, or dedicated to, public use for street purposes, together with public property granted or reserved for, or dedicated to, public use for walkways, sidewalks, bikeways and horse trails, whether improved or unimproved” http://www.mrsc.org/wa/universityplace/index_dtsearch.htmlhttp://www.mrsc.org/wa/universityplace/index_dtsearch.html. In other words, at the edge of the ROW, as defined above, is where political signs in UP may be placed, the removal or defacement of which, without authorization, constitutes a misdemeanor.
David Anderson November 02, 2012 at 06:43 PM
Stephanie, it’s not harassment to ask you to defend your position. Your initial statement had some merit in that you said “It’s actually illegal to put Political signs on public property.” In that you are correct. As a matter of fact, according to the University Place website of codes for political signs: (1) Zero set-back from the Right of Way (ROW) is allowable, specifically “Political signs may be placed along the edge of the right-of-way” http://www.mrsc.org/wa/universityplace/index_dtsearch.html; (2) “ ‘Right-of-way’ means all public streets and property granted or reserved for, or dedicated to, public use for street purposes, together with public property granted or reserved for, or dedicated to, public use for walkways, sidewalks, bikeways and horse trails, whether improved or unimproved” http://www.mrsc.org/wa/universityplace/index_dtsearch.htmlhttp://www.mrsc.org/wa/universityplace/index_dtsearch.html. In other words, at the edge of the ROW, as defined above, is where political signs in UP may be placed, the removal or defacement of which, without authorization, constitutes a misdemeanor.
Ron Rucshner November 02, 2012 at 08:49 PM
It is the kind of behavior you would expect from people with perverse and emotionally disturbed minds. There will always be wackos. We just need to be sure they are kept in place. If you want to be a pervert then go do it in your private home with the doors and windows closed.
Christie Anderson November 02, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Thank you David for providing the RCW to clear up the point regarding legalities. Perhaps if more individuals researched what is and is not law they would be spared the embarrassment of making uninformed comments! :-)
PacNrthWst November 02, 2012 at 09:34 PM
I have seen signs around that were asking to reject R-74 but non that had words of hate or that were homophobic. What was the verbiage on the signs that you saw?
dexterjibs November 03, 2012 at 03:51 AM
No surprise here. Liberals are the most intolerent, close-minded group of pukes I have ever met in my life. If you don't agree with them, they will go after you and try to destroy you. The old school American liberal no longer exists. The old school American liberal believed in freedom and "live and let live". Nowadays, they are militant in their beliefs and if you don't agree with them, they will call you racist, homophobes, sexist and bigoted. The ends justifies the mean with the modern day liberal.
dexterjibs November 03, 2012 at 03:54 AM
And another "no surprise" is notorious liberal Patch writer Brent Champacno characterizing the victims as an "anti-gay marriage group". Another tactic used by the modern day left. Single out, ridicule, make them sound evil and then move on to the next political enemy. Straight from Sal Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals".
dexterjibs November 03, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Stephanie, how about you put your "Pro sodomite marriage" sign in a public place and I come by and absolutely disagree with it. So, I don't want that propaganda being read by anyone else so i remove it and burn it in my ginormous burn pile on my property in the middle of nowhere. Would you call it theft? Thats what i thought hypocrite. Face it, you and your fellow liberal pukes are the most close minded, hypocritcal people on the face of the earth.
Jim DeBlasio November 06, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Notice that it says "lawfully placed" and it's illegal to place unauthorized signs anywhere on the public right of way or utility poles. Most campagns do it anyway, Republicans actually hire people to do it. It's chidish to remove or tip over these signs but not illegal. Anti gay groups inspire angry behavior with their libels, slanders, and hate mongering and I have no sympathy for them at all.
Christie Anderson November 06, 2012 at 05:17 AM
Jim DeBlasio said, "Most campagns do it anyway, Republicans actually hire people to do it." So do Democrats! :-)
James Choi November 07, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Reject r74! there will never be total marriage equality.There are restrictions on marriage. 1. Cannot marry relatives. 2. Cannot marry someone who is married already. Adding gay marriage as equal to traditional marriage will just redefine it as genderless. This is not about equality. It's about redefining marriage.

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