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Brian Tamaki in apparent gay turnaround

Wed 4 Jun 2014 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

Brian Tamaki Ten years after leading the ‘Enough is Enough’ march against civil unions, Brian Tamaki says gay people are welcome at his Destiny Church. “We all grow and we mature hopefully into better people. It’s just defined and refined for me as a leader,” he’s told Seven Sharp of the turnaround. It came at the opening of the new Destiny Church complex in South Auckland over the weekend, which Tamaki has dubbed “the city of God”. Lesbians MPs, Labour’s Louisa Wall and National’s Claudette Hauiti, were among those who attended various events over the weekend. The complex is in Wall’s Manurewa electorate. It includes everything from areas for worship to a school, gym and food stalls and will also have a medical centre. Stan Walker performed at the opening weekend. See more at Seven Sharp here Brian Tamaki has a history of preaching against the 'sin' of homosexuality, accusing New Zealand of having “a radical homosexual agenda” and opposing equal rights for glbt people. His wife Hannah Tamaki has said she believes lesbians are attracted to women because they have been “hurt by men”. However more recently the pair has become friends with gay man and Mana Party staffer Jevan Goulter, and have made it clear they are fine with his sexuality: We will have more on Goulter's friendship with the Tamakis and his views on the church soon.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Wednesday, 4th June 2014 - 8:42am

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