"I didn't feel like I was stealing signs at the time . . . I just looked at it as picking up trash along the side of the road."
These were the words of Heidi Thompson, who was arrested in North Carolina on Wednesday and charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and removing three lawfully placed political signs.
This took place after a motorist reported seeing allegedly seeing her and her 13-year-old daughter removing anti-Amendment One signs on Morganton Road in front of the Country Club of North Carolina.
She claimed that she did it in retaliation for because signs for Amendment One was taken from her yard.
"I know it's making me look like a bad parent, but we've taught that it's not right for men to be married to men and women to be married to women, so we stopped and picked them up," Thompson said. "Had I known it would be such a political issue, I wouldn't have done it."
Pinehurst Police Chief Earl Phipps said the delinquency of a minor charge was the result of Thompson's daughter, who was not charged, removing signs at the direction of her mother.
Police have received only one other report in the past month of anti-amendment signs being removed, he said, but investigators had no witnesses.
In Thompson's case, police had the rare witness who caught someone in the act.
There is nothing political about the charges, Phipps said.
"We don't weigh any favoritism one way or another in an investigation. We look at the evidence," he said.
Cue up the music. I guess the National Organization for Marriage will make her into its next supposed victim of the "nefarious gay agenda."
First shooting signs, then urinating on signs, then talking about beating up your gay child. And now stealing signs.
Regardless of how the vote comes out on May 8, those pushing for Amendment One have succeeded in making complete fools out of themselves.
Hat tip to Joe.My.God