- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 27, 2006

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. — Heterosexuals in this overwhelmingly homosexual resort town on the tip of Cape Cod are complaining that the oppressed have become the oppressors.

Heterosexuals say they have been taunted as “breeders.” One woman who signed a petition against homosexual “marriage” said she was berated as a bigot by a homosexual man. Another signer said that dog excrement was left next to her car, an accusation the town police chief said would be impossible to prove.

“The gay community is not immune to having potential prejudices. We’re all human, including gay people,” said Tom Lang, director of knowthyneighbor.org, a nonprofit group that supports homosexual “marriage.”

Provincetown, or P-town, has long attracted writers, artists, homosexuals, and is known as a place where people can feel free to be themselves — a seaside version of Greenwich Village. New England’s unofficial homosexual capital has just 3,400 year-round residents, but summer tourism brings nearly 10 times as many people.

Locals say the intolerance from those who have long pleaded for tolerance has been stirred, in part, by the dispute regarding Massachusetts becoming the first and only state to legalize homosexual “marriage.”

Tensions flared this year after the names and addresses of nearly 5,000 Massachusetts residents — 43 of them from Provincetown — who signed a petition seeking a constitutional amendment against homosexual “marriage” were published on the knowthyneighbor Web site.

Earlier this month, a homosexual man got into a shouting match at a grocery store with a woman, calling her a bigot for signing the petition.

A week afterward, Police Chief Ted Meyer held a town meeting that drew about 50 people to discuss issues of civility and respect. Chief Meyer said that two other persons who signed the petition felt targeted after the Web site published their names.

Tourists have also complained of being called “breeders,” a slur used by homosexuals to describe heterosexuals.

Most of the Provincetown residents who signed the petition are members of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, according to the Rev. Henry J. Dahl, pastor at St. Peter’s. The majority of the church’s 750 parishioners are Portuguese families who are not homosexual.

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