Yard signs for Scott Galvin's congressional campaign have been vandalized with anti-gay slurs.

The openly gay North Miami councilman is among the nine candidates fighting to win the August 24 Democratic primary for Florida's 17th Congressional District. The district's current representative, Democrat Kendrick Meek, is running for the U.S. Senate.

About half-a-dozen yard signs in northeast North Miami were found defaced with the word “fag” late last week.

“I am deeply disappointed and disgusted by the hateful and bigoted attacks directed at me and my campaign for Congress,” Galvin wrote on his campaign website.

“Bigotry cannot be tolerated. It's always wrong regardless of the circumstances and this most recent example only reinforces my profound personal commitment to equality for everyone,” he added.

Galvin came out gay in 2004 and won re-election to the city's council.

The winner of next month's primary is expected to win the November 2 general election in this Democratic stronghold. Galvin, who has the endorsement of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, a group that supports openly gay and lesbian elected officials, is considered a strong candidate to win the party's nomination.