by Chet Hardin
In today's paper, we report on a second incident of vandalism of the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado's Adopt-a-Highway sign north of town.
"It doesn't just seem to be a random act," says Mary Lou Makepeace, the vice president of the fund. "And that's very disheartening, that people will destroy something just because they don't like what is on the sign."
From a civic standpoint, it's been a bad stretch for local gay-rights advocates. At the end of June, new Mayor Steve Bach declined to sign a proclamation welcoming PrideFest. Most of City Council would follow his lead. Then, in early July, a small group of people was attacked due, its members say, to a couple of them being gay. Despite pleas from citizens, Councilors and Bach declined to issue a proclamation that hate crimes would not be tolerated.
In the article, we noted that the mayor's office did not get back to us in time for publication. They did get back to us, however, only minutes after the paper went to press.
Here is what the mayor had to say:
Our city will not stand for discrimination in any form. I ask everyone in Colorado Springs to report vandalism of this kind to our Police Department at 444-7000. I call on our city to be more inclusive and respectful of their neighbors. Join me in helping to build a positive, inclusive city.