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UF obsessed with gays, says former MP

Mon 26 Sep 2005 In: New Zealand Daily News

United Future is a party "obsessed with homosexuality", says one of its outgoing MPs, Marc Alexander. The broadly Christian party did not gain enough votes at this year's election to bring Alexander back into Parliament – its number of MPs have been slashed from eight to three. Alexander's feelings about the party and his departure from it are mixed. "They were also obsessed with homosexuality. I have never listened to people talk so much about homosexuality," he told the Sunday Star-Times, also saying that he found it difficult being the only atheist in a party whose members earnestly discussed after caucus meetings what heaven would be like. Alexander's fly-on-the-wall confessions should be the nail in the coffin of several years worth of protesting from the party that they are not – at the very least – Christian-influenced. Former president Mark Blumsky told Public Address blogster Keith Ng earlier this month that he left the party when he realised that the wider party were "fanatical" in their desire to unite religion with politics. Blumsky, also a former gay-friendly mayor of Wellington, had lasted in the job only six months.    

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First published: Monday, 26th September 2005 - 12:00pm

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