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Woman charged with stealing anti-marriage amendment signs

Posted May 3, 2012

— A Moore County woman has been charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and removing three lawfully placed political signs after she was spotted last month removing signs against a controversial ballot initiative on marriage in North Carolina.

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Heidi Thompson, 44, of West End, was arrested Wednesday, after a motorist reported seeing a woman and her daughter pulling up the signs April 18 on Morganton Road in front of the Country Club of North Carolina.

Thompson said Thursday that she was driving home after picking up her 13-year-old daughter from school and removed them after signs supporting the marriage measure had disappeared from her yard at least two dozen times.

"I didn't feel like I was stealing signs at the time," she said. "I just looked at it as picking up trash along the side of the road."

The issue has to do with the definition of marriage in North Carolina.

State lawmakers passed a bill last year to add to the May 8 primary ballot a proposed constitutional amendment that would define marriage between a man and woman as the only legally recognized union in the state.

Woman charged with stealing anti-marriage amendment signs Woman charged with stealing anti-marriage amendment signs

Supporters say an amendment would, in part, protect marriage from activist judges who would have the power to change the legal definition to give gay and lesbian couples the right to wed.

Amendment opponents argue that same-sex marriage is already banned in North Carolina and that the vaguely worded measure could have unintended and far-reaching consequences on other segments of the population, including couples in other forms of domestic partnerships.

"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.

Thompson, however, disagrees.

"I just think they're making a statement out me," she said.


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  • Lightfoot3 May 11, 2012

    "So the voters show she was right" - Tax Man

    All the voters did was show they were against the message on the signs she and her daughter were stealing.

    "at least this woman "DID SOMETHING". " - Webfloss

    And she's charged with that something, which is contributing to the delinquency of a minor and stealing those signs.

  • Bill of Rights May 10, 2012

    Guess that shows how desperate the religious loonies are. Try her -- and if she's convicted, sentence her to lots of roadside garbage cleanup. She should love it.

  • apopman May 10, 2012

    If she likes to pick up things from the ground, send her off onto the highway to pick up trash.

  • Tax Man May 10, 2012

    So the voters show she was right, dismiss the charges and applaud her for being right! The people have spoken and we have proven to the world that at least in NC Marriage is ONLY between one man and one woman! Now we join the majority of American states in abolishing same sex marriage - and more are on the way to join us. Hopefully the US Supreme Court will uphold all these laws! Glad to see Obama jumped in on the wrong side - that should seal his fate on election day!

  • Webfloss May 9, 2012

    Citizens are growing tired of the governments involvement in everything.

    Not just "activists or racialists", but ordinary, everyday people...

    And regardless if she took down "for OR against" signs, I can put aside my personal views and say, at least this woman "DID SOMETHING".


  • love4ourhumans May 9, 2012

    As well they should be making a statement out of her. Because of people like her, we have millions in the dark. The sheep don't know what the heck is going on. The awake and alert are ready to answer any question with fact and the rest just don't care or are part of the problem; greed, hate, apathy towards others and so on... Too many are still brainwashed by the main stream media which offers only what they want you to see, hear and know. Do your own research. It is not our right to imposed/force our believes onto other human beings. That's why we have the Constitution of the United States. This bill is nothing more than a show of power towards other human beings. You can't continue to restriction the people. This generation is growing aware of false flags, corruption, the bias media omitting truth and important information to the people, the unjust and unconstitutional wars and much more. Educate yourself people!!!

  • daddyadam82 May 8, 2012

    The only thing I have to really say about this topic is Welcome to America where peoples freedoms of choice matter. Now we are starting to try and control other peoples personal choices and actions through our own and through the acts of the government. That's not why I spent 4 years of my life giving up my freedoms to fight for all of the rest of you to have them. So in closing Welcome to America the land of the free and that means everyone.

  • PJM May 8, 2012

    Wow she is a great role model for her child..."NOT"...
    and she knew full well what she was doing....if you dont agree with the amendment then your part is to vote appropriately otherwise take your judgemental donkey home & sit down..
    If you think about it how does a same sex marriage affect you...really?

  • RNmomX4 May 8, 2012

    I would like to walk my dog on her lawn. By her logic, it's already covered in ex crement anyway....

  • listentowhatyousay May 7, 2012

    This lady is absolutely ridiculous. A sin is a sin is a sin. If all you want to do is protect marriage, then maybe this amendment should make divorce illegal!