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Gay MPs hoardings defaced

Fri 5 Aug 2005 In: New Zealand Daily News

Gay MP Chris Carter has had three of his hoardings defaced in his electorate of Te Atatu. Carter's face was plastered over with a computer-printed sheet of slogans in capital letters, including "SAME SEX MARRIAGE" and "FILTH ON TELEVISION". The defacings occurred only a week after Destiny Church's Brian Tamaki brought his Nation Under Siege rally to the Trusts Stadium in West Auckland, and on the same day that the Destiny political party erected its own election hoardings in the area. The slogans printed over Carter's billboards mirrored closely some of Tamaki's recent rhetoric about same-sex marriages, abortion, and the content of television programmes, but Carter's electorate office says there is no evidence linking Destiny to the defacings. The defacings are mild in comparison with some of Carter's previous election experiences. In 1999, police became involved when the MP found himself personally pursued by a homophobic stalker who had cut his face out of around thirty election hoardings with a pen-knife.    

Credit: News Staff

First published: Friday, 5th August 2005 - 12:00pm

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