Published March 17, 2014
After 10 years of harassment, discrimination and intimidation, lesbian couple Barbara Ernst and Barbara Supeno are suing their hometown of Addison, Vermont.
“The Barbaras,” as friends call them, moved to Addison in 2004, and since then have experienced “threats, property disputes and bureaucratic harassment over a number of issues, including zoning and environmental issues,” according to WPTZ.
“It’s entirely based on their sexual orientation,” their attorney, David Bond, said. “Neighbors insulted them, made obscene gestures to them. There were dead animals left on their property.”
The couple has also been given citations and fines from putting up a fence around their property to adding a handicapped ramp for Supeno’s mother.
They also received a letter three years ago saying:
“It has been over 6 years that the Subject two women have been passing themselves off as involved citizens and very concerns about the town direction and in particular with Zoning, the school and the environment. Beware: This is a totally phony perception that they have fabricated is a front to cover their devious and vicious behavior.”
Jeff Kauffman, Chair of the Select Board, pastor of Hope Community Church which, outwardly speaks out against homosexuality, heads the Addison zoning committee. He declined to comment.