GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — A local church leader is repairing a controversial sign he posted about the LGBT community after it was vandalized.
The sign included the words "Satan made gays" but the pastor of Back to the Bible Holiness Church said he did not think the sign was offensive.
In fact, Pastor Bobby Wright plans to put the sign right back up in front of his church on New Street in Buford.
Wright discovered the sign splattered with black paint Monday morning.
"The sign said God created man and woman. Satan created gays and transgender,” Wright said.
Neighbors say they heard voices and spotted a strange vehicle by the sign around midnight.
"Riding up and down, looking at it, but you can't really tell who it was,” said neighbor Matthew Adams.
"I just heard the doors slamming, like three doors slamming,” said neighbor Pamela Adams. "I kept hearing a slam."
Pamela Adams says the church members are entitled to their opinions: "We might not agree but you don't damage people's property.”
Wright says he's posted messages about gay marriage and the LGBT community before, and never had a problem. He gave Channel 2's Audrey Washington pictures of some of the messages displayed in the past.
"Same sex marriage is sin. Filthy,” Wright said.
Wright says the mass shooting at Pulse, the Orlando gay nightclub where 49 people were killed, will not change his opinions. But, he says he's open to discussing the issue with the vandals.
"I love you and let's talk,” Wright said.
Anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to call police.
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