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    Church Nativity scene with gay figures vandalized

    By Associated Press - December 29, 2011

    CLAREMONT, Calif. (AP) — Vandalism of a church's Nativity display that includes depictions of gay and lesbian couples was being investigated as a hate crime, police said.

    The damage at Claremont United Methodist Church occurred late Saturday or Sunday morning.

    The display's three panels feature silhouettes of three hand-holding couples — two men, two women and a heterosexual pair. The vandal knocked over the depictions of the gay and lesbian couples but left the straight couple alone. [Read Full Story]