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Home vandalism, owner says "hate crime"

ROCHESTER, N.Y. A Rochester woman says she and her wife are being targeted in the neighborhood because they are a gay couple.

We don't have rainbow flags around. We don't outwardly advertise that we are a gay couple, said Clifton. We're just a married couple. Yes, we just happen to be gay.

Judy Clifton told 13WHAM she found her windows smashed after a bottle of Hennessy and a piece of log was thrown through her window last Saturday.

Clifton said she is, angry, frightened, and concerned of what I'm going to come home to next.

The damages will cost her at least $2,500. The window design was one of a kind, and to replace that it would cost even more.

This wasnt an isolated incident either. Clifton said she has experienced this type of vandalism and calls them hate crimes.

Graffiti on the sidewalk, broken windows, damage to the house. We came out one day and our tires were flat, she said.

What hurts the most is why Clifton believes she and her wife are being targeted. She thinks back to the graffiti.

It was definitely gay-related. It was written in black. I walked all up and down the blocks, nothing anywhere else, said Clifton.

Cliftons home lies right next to an empty lot. She says its only one of few in the neighborhood, and children, naturally, gather there.

I think there's just a group of kids, boys, that are doing this. It's neighborhood kids between the ages of maybe eight and maybe 22.

Clifton reported the latest vandalism to police. She said an officer stopped by and said it would be reported to the biased crime division. She has yet to hear any updates from police.

She has also reported previous incidents to police, but she said that wasnt any help.
Clifton and her wife believe the only solution left is to pack their bags.

I can only hope that we can get the house to be sellable, and sell it, said Clifton.

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