Article Title:Gay-bashing letter campaign exposed
Category:New Zealand Daily News
Author or News Staff
Published on:30th July 2004 - 12:00 pm
Story ID:2448
Text:In addition to encouraging children to send submissions to Parliament against civil unions, the Maxim Institute also wants married couples to associate homosexuality with paedophilia and incest. Maxim's sample letter kit, obtained via a subscriber mailing list, includes templates that married people, teachers, counsellors and social workers, and "pupils" can send in to Parliament. In the introduction, Maxim implores it supporters to "avoid decrying homosexual lifestyles – stick to the issues and promote marriage". However, the text of the letters seems to have very little to do with marriage. From Sample Letter 1: (from a married person): "These Bills are short-sighted attempts to satisfy the desire for a very small (but vocal) minority. While everyone will be affected, it is very obvious that the only people who will really benefit from these changes are same-sex couples." From Sample Letter 2: (from a married person): "...because the sexual union of a man and a woman is the only relationship that can create children, these bills will naturally lead to same-sex adoption. Other currently socially prohibited practices will be likely to follow; eg. polygamy, incest, paedophilia, etc." There are other sample letters in the kit from "teachers", and "social workers" which oppose the bills on the basis that they will make it impossible to "speak out against the dangers we see inherent in many sexual lifestyles."    
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