While I loathe to defend an homophobe’s ignorance, I think in this case it’s free speech. The engraving was done on his own fence and he merely put the reference to the verses; he didn’t spell out the text of each one. It’s a fine line to walk between free speech and hate speech.
The man, who has not been named, is believed to have done it after his neighbour Shaun Shaffer put up a number of rainbow flags.
Shaffer shares his house with three other gay men and wished to celebrate Pride month.
Shaffer explained that they heard the neighbour muttering after putting the flags up but they weren’t sure why.
“We just finished putting up the flags, and we were taking the recycling out, and we saw our neighbour up against his fence. We heard scratching. We couldn’t tell what he was doing. There was muttering,” Shaffer said.