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Tamihere's anti-gay rant to Xian journalist

Tue 5 Apr 2005 In: New Zealand Daily News

Labour MP John Tamihere has shocked colleagues with a scathing interview he gave to fundamentalist Christian journalist Ian Wishart, which is peppered with homophobic insults and rhetoric. In the interview, Tamihere labels gay MPs Chris Carter and Tim Barnett as "queers", refers to lesbian associates of the Prime Minister as “butch”, and says gay sex is “unhealthy” and “violating”. In addition, he calls Carter a “tosser” for daring to lobby him over the Civil Union Bill, and says the PM and her associates have “nothing but the ability to plot” because they don't have families. Tamihere's abusive outbursts come hard on the heels of an attack he made in his weblog last week in which he made disparaging comments about ACT leader Rodney Hide over his friendship with embattled gay commentator Jim Peron, describing him as Hide's “soul mate”: “Hide stood up in the House and stated unequivocally that ‘Jim Peron is a fine upstanding citizen – he has had dinner at my house and I have had dinner at his house' I wonder what tricks and treats occurred at these dinners?” he wrote. Some commentators are already sounding the death knell for Tamihere in Labour, leaving open to speculation where he might end up. While he's burnt his bridges with his own party, Tamihere spent a good deal of time last year in building them with the fundamentalist anti-gay Destiny party. He was a VIP guest at Destiny's Taking The Nation conference in October last year, and during the final votes in Parliament on the Civil Union Bill was seen to leave the floor of the house and enter the public gallery, where he mingled with Brian Tamaki and other Destiny acolytes.    

Credit: News Staff

First published: Tuesday, 5th April 2005 - 12:00pm

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