Mill Valley Church gets support after vandals attack pro-gay message

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Vandals struck the marquis outside the Mount Tamalpais United Methodist Church in Mill Valley that read: Jesus had two dads and he turned out just fine. (Vandals struck the marquis outside the Mount Tamalpais United Methodist Church in Mill Valley.)

Vandals struck the marquis outside the Mount Tamalpais United Methodist Church in Mill Valley that read: "Jesus had two dads and he turned out just fine."



Despite the vandalism, Senior Pastor Kim Smith says all are still welcome here, "even the vandals," she said.

An unknown vandal went to work with a paintbrush on the marquis.

Pastor Smith admits the message was political. "Everything is political. Everything is social. The sign had a lot of implications," said Smith.

In wealthy and liberal Mill Valley where, for many residents, the only daily stress might involve what blend of coffee they want for their lattes, there's a degree of embarrassment about this.

"The fact that they defaced this sign says something about them, not the city," said Ken Hirsh, a local resident.

Members of a Boy Scout troop showed up almost immediately to scrub away the paint. More than a hundred other people offered to help.

"We take away that something really awful happened and from that something really amazing has happened, which is that this community has poured forth its love," said Pastor Kim.

She is encouraging everyone to come hear her sermon following the vandalism incident, this Sunday.

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