Suit over Bossier City family's support of military son settled

Sign supporting deployed marine stays up
The Burr's sign in support of their son Corey, who is serving in Afghanistan
The Burr's sign in support of their son Corey, who is serving in Afghanistan

BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - The lawsuit against a Bossier City family over a sign supporting their son serving in Afghanistan has been settled.

Corey Burr deployed to Afghanistan in January.  The Burr family put a sign in their yard with his picture and the words "Our son defends our freedom."

Their story drew national attention in July, after the Gardens of Southgate subdivision's Homeowner's Association filed suit against the Burrs, demanding they remove the sign.  The Burrs refused.

As part of the settlement reached with the homeowners' association, the Burrs will be allowed to keep their sign up until their son returns home.  He is due back in March of 2012.  The family says the agreement also allows for a mail-in vote to be held to decide whether to allow military signs throughout the neighborhood.   The HoA's by-laws require 90% approval for changing any by-laws.

On the Facebook page created in support of the family, Burr said Friday that the vote allows for a revision that they asked for back in February, a request Burr claims they ignored.

According to Burr, a "no" will be counted for each HoA member that does not vote.  The Burrs say they are not optimistic that it will pass, but they are happy that they can keep their sign up until Corey comes home. 

The lawsuit itself has not yet been officially dropped, as it must be formally withdrawn from the court system, but Burr says the settlement was signed on Friday.

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