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Parents out daughter to push anti-gay sentiment

Fri 25 Jan 2013 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

The Christian parents make their case The deeply conservative Christian parents of a lesbian woman have outed her and her troubled life experiences at the select committee hearings into the marriage equality bill held in Auckland this week. The Northland couple, who Daily News will not name as it could too easily identify their daughter, were making an anti-bill submission, on the basis that "homosexual conduct is repugnant" and "evil." Part way through their presentation the wife said she wanted to say something confidentially to the committee. She was warned by chair Ruth Dyson about the public nature of the hearing and that any information given could be reported by the media. The woman paused in deep thought then proceeded to recount her version of personal details of her daughter's life, including saying "one of our daughters has had a series of terrible experiences with men." "So bad that she has chosen the lesbian lifestyle," the mother added with obvious distaste. Among further details she said her daughter is now living with another woman. In a hushed and concerned hearing room her husband of 37 years then stated with heightened intensity that "this bill is evil... it is a corruption of what is good. This bill will destroy marriage. Discrimination is vital to save us from evil." "You can have a heterosexual society or a homosexual society, not both" he declaimed. "This bill will give us a homosexual society." With great force in his voice and posture he said: "No life can come of homosexuality... we oppose this bill based on what God says about homosexuality." He did not elaborate on or back up the statement. After stating forcefully that "homosexual conduct is repugnant" he said: "We will be judged by God, and that will be very soon if this bill passes. The members of the committee did not question the couple further or respond to their submission.    

Credit: Daily News

First published: Friday, 25th January 2013 - 1:25pm

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