'Gay Nativity' Vandalized in California
Cops launch hate crime probe
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Dec 30, 2011 12:30 AM CST
Light boxes portraying gay couples in a nativity scene outside a California church were vandalized.   (SDAMatt2a)

(Newser) – Police have launched a hate crime investigation into vandalism of a "gay nativity" scene outside a California church. The scene at Claremont United Methodist Church featured three wooden light boxes portraying a heterosexual and two homosexual couples holding hands beneath a Star of Bethlehem and the words: "Christ is Born." The gay couples were pushed over, reports the Los Angeles Times. The church has a history of featuring social or political messages in its nativity scenes, but they have never before been vandalized. "Christ's birth in a stable had a lot to do with being marginalized," said the church pastor. "What this church has tried to do through these scenes is say, 'What would that look like today?'"