Parents Sued Over Banner Supporting Son In Marines
HUFFINGTONPOST.COM - It hasn't been a banner year for the Burr family of Louisiana, and now they are being sued by their homeowners association for flying a frontyard sign supporting their son who's in the Marines.
The Gardens of Southgate property owners group in Bossier City, La., filed a lawsuit against Jodi and Timothy Burr this month because the couple has refused to take down a streamer that reads "Our son defends our freedom" and that violates the neighborhood's ban on signs.
The development's covenants stipulate that "[n]o sign of any kind shall be displayed to the public view on any lot." But Jodi Burr told The Huffington Post that she's had signs outside her home since they arrived in 2006 without any problems, and that other neighbors have gotten away with breaking the rule in the past.
"The restrictions have been in place, but not enforced at all," the 41-year-old public school teacher said. "I try to stay away from the word 'discrimination,' but there is definitely selective enforcement of the covenants."
She and her husband installed the professionally designed sign in January to honor their 20-year-old son Corey, a lance corporal in the Marines deployed to combat in Afghanistan.
"They don't know what's in a mother's heart to have a son deployed," she said. "It was very difficult for me ... The best way for me to deal with it is to have an outward display of our pride. We have not received one single piece of criticism about our sign."
The war over words began in February, when the homeowners groups sent the Burrs a letter telling them to take down the 3 feet by 6 feet banner praising Corey. But there was no mention of the two other signs already in the yard that said things like "Burr Family Est. 1990," according to Burr. >>>CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE HUFFINGTONPOST
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