Brunswick County, NC (WWAY) -- Early voting started today, including voting for the proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
The debate on the issue seems to only be getting hotter. Two billboards in Brunswick County supporting the amendment were recently vandalized and that has one minister speaking out.
Anthony Clemmons is a minister and Brunswick County coordinator for the group "Vote FOR Marriage NC". He helped to raise money to put billboards up around town. One along Highway 17 in the Anglers Marine Lot and another off Highway 211. Both are to help raise awareness and support for amendment one, which is against same-sex marriage.
Both of the signs have been vandalized in the past month.
Last week, Clemmons discovered one sign was spray painted with the phrase, "Only God can judge". Clemmons says although the vandalism is discouraging, it will not affect what they are fighting for.
We contacted the president of the Wilmington Pride to get a response. TR Nunley said in a statement, "This amendment was born out of hate and fear, and although we do not condone the actions of vandalism, we do empathize with their feelings of frustration, because this amendment strips away dignity and rights of all unmarried couples, straight or gay plus all civil actions and domestic partnerships."