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Homeowner association tells tenant that church sign has to go

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KATY, Texas -

Meagan Schmidt loves her little girls.

Something else the young mother is in love with is the church she joined a few months ago.

"It's an awesome church," Schmidt said. "I love what they do with the community."

The Journey Church changed Schmidt's life in a positive way she says, so she put a sign in her front yard to make others aware of the church.

But the Highland Creek Village Homeowners Association says Schmidt is violating one of the deed restrictions that prohibits any commercial signs in yards.

Schmidt went to a recent HOA meeting to question her alleged violations.

She describes board member reaction to her as hostile and argumentative.

"We actually ended up leaving early because I didn't want to argue, it's just not my style," said Schmidt.

And it's not Schmidt's style to roll over and play dead.

She says she's going to fight for her religious and free speech rights.

Now the HOA won't talk to her she says, the association tells her to talk to it's attorney.

"He told me the law is not on my side and if he wants he can end up taking me to court over this and make me take it down," Schmidt said. "I think he might have been trying to scare me."

But instead of being scared the little blonde is coming out swinging.

"Because it's about sticking up for what you believe in," Schmidt said. "What's right and what's not right and this is not right at all."

While Schmidt is not the actual homeowner, she pays him rent, she says she does have his backing.

The owner has not only paid the fines levied for the sign, he tells FOX 26 he is behind Schmidt's decision to keep the church sign in the yard.

Unfortunately she says her little girls are paying the price for the HOA's ire.

Schmidt says now the homeowners association won't give them pool tags for the community pool.

"We can't go to the pool because we have a church sign in our yard," Schmidt said.

The HOA's attorney sent FOX 26 a written response for this story. To read the entire written response, visit https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151752882375348&set=a.420571690347.210764.203055485347&type=1&theater.

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