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Campaign Signs Defaced With Anti-Gay Language On Long Island

October 30, 2018 - 1:07 pm

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (WCBS 880) – LGBT advocates are calling for a hate crime investigation after anti-gay language was discovered Tuesday on some campaign signs in Suffolk County.

Campaign signs for Congressional Democratic candidate Perry Gershon were defaced with anti-gay language, leaving many people in the area upset.

“There is just too much hate speech and hate rhetoric in this country,” said David Kilmnick, with the LGBT Network. “The message has been to tone it down. I think that's the wrong message – we don't need to only tone it down, we need to stop it completely.”

Gershon is running against Republican incumbent Lee Zeldin for Congress. Organizers with the LGBT Network say they want Zeldin to publicly denounce the vandalism.

“We have no idea who did this, but they should stop immediately,” Zeldin said in a statement of the anti-gay graffiti.

Gershon responded to the vandalism in his own statement saying, “Hate mongering has no place in America, especially in political campaigns.”

Kilmnick and the LGBT Network are now calling on the Suffolk County District Attorney to investigate.

The DA did not respond to WCBS 880’s request for comment.