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Gay candidate calls vandalism of Waterloo home a hate crime

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Caption: Courtesy of Chris Schwartz for Black Hawk County Supervisor Facebook page Caption: Courtesy of Chris Schwartz for Black Hawk County Supervisor Facebook page
Caption: Courtesy of Chris Schwartz for Black Hawk County Supervisor Facebook page Caption: Courtesy of Chris Schwartz for Black Hawk County Supervisor Facebook page
Caption: Courtesy of Chris Schwartz for Black Hawk County Supervisor Facebook page Caption: Courtesy of Chris Schwartz for Black Hawk County Supervisor Facebook page

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - An openly gay candidate for Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors is calling vandalism to his house a hate crime.

Candidate Christopher Schwartz told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (http://bit.ly/2eQOS68 ) that anti-gay messages were painted on campaign signs in his yard and the door of his house. The message on his door reads "Lev 20:13," which likely is a reference to a Bible verse that condemns homosexuality.

Waterloo police photographed the vandalism Thursday morning but haven't made any arrests.

Schwartz says the vandalism occurred amid a heated social media argument involving a local group that criticized Schwartz for organizing an annual gay-rights event in Waterloo.

The leader of that group, Judd Saul, says his organization had nothing to do with the vandalism and would contribute to a cleanup fund.

Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com

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