Colin Craig slams gay parents
Fri, 27 Jul 2012 7:18p.m.
By Lloyd Burr
Conservative Party leader Colin Craig has launched into the same-sex marriage debate with a controversial argument why it’s wrong.
He says same-sex couples who want to marry lack respect for what already exists. He also says it would allow them to adopt, which would be harmful for children.
The party leader and Christian is not a Member of Parliament, but waded into the debate on Twitter this morning, saying it wasn’t intelligent to pretend gay relationships were normal.
His series of tweets was followed by a press release which said the minority were busy with their "social engineering” and trying to “meddle with the system”.
Mr Craig told 3 News that people choose to be gay rather than being born that way, many as a result of being abused as children.
The crux of his argument against same-sex parents is that they are not good role models for their children compared with heterosexual parents.
“The differences between homosexuals as parents and a mum and a dad as parents are very, very significant,” he says.
“Seeing how an adult woman and an adult man live and how they work together is fantastic, positive and important for children.”
He says he has seen the impact same-sex parents have on their children but when asked if he knew any same-sex couples with children, he was cagey in his response.
“I actually do know of a couple, I don’t know them well. I wouldn’t say they were friends of mine.”
Another one his arguments - according to research he couldn’t remember – is that gay men have a lower life-expectancy than non-gay men.
“Does that matter? I think it does if you think of the kids they raise,” he says.
His comments come after Labour MP Louisa Wall’s private member’s bill allowing same-sex marriage was pulled from the ballot.
It will have its first reading in Parliament next month.
Mr Craig rubbishes the argument that parenting is about loving the child rather than the sexuality of their parents.
“I disagree with that point of view. Love is not all that matters.”
He was so sure that homosexuality was a choice, he bet his own sexuality on it.
“Do you think you could choose to be gay if that is the case?,” he was asked.
“Sure. Sure I could,” he responded.
“You could choose to be gay?,” he was asked again.
“Yea, if I wanted to,’ he replied.
Mr Craig wants a referendum held on the issue so all of New Zealand can decide if homosexual couples can marry.
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29/09/2012 3:00:28 p.m.
Craig Young wrote:
Get Real, you do realise that the rights of same-sex parents are supported by professional associations strongly involved with child, health and development, like ...the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychoanalytic Association, the US National Association of Social Workers, the Child Welfare League of America, the North American Council on Adoptable Children, Barnados and the Canadian Psychological Association? How is evidence-based research 'drivel?'
13/09/2012 11:48:10 a.m.
you go collin. im behind you 100%
7/08/2012 11:50:08 a.m.
Interestingly enough, it is the deep Southern US states that have the highest proportion of fundamentalists that have the highest divorce rates.
6/08/2012 9:19:37 p.m.
Really Malcolm Young - some would argue many Christian men marry fro self gratification and to have a delusional fantasy play out! Putting a wedding ring on it doesn't make it acceptable to think sex is your husbandly ruiht and then wonder why some wives hate sex. A wedding ring doesn't mean you can tell your wife what to do, tell her to give her career up, demand children, and in some cases some form of 'give and take' transaction - sounds more like a form of prostitution!
you want traditional values, but at what price and usually a innocent human being thus being the wife who pays for it! Not condemning marriage or having children - but both should be a choice and not formed in some double standard type of relationship!!
5/08/2012 5:37:13 p.m.
I totally agree that a child is far less likely to be abused if it is in a homosexual relationship. The stats speak for themselves. Nia Glassie and the Kahui twins parents were hetero's. And it seems homosexuals are more - shall we say 'soft'.
5/08/2012 1:39:48 p.m.
Yeah, right. Remember Patricia Bartlett? Back in 1982, she launched a truly sickening campaign against National Attorney-General Jim MacLay's call to criminalise spousal rape. Don't talk to me about 'traditional values'. Especially in the context of what the Christian Right here has considered 'traditional' in the past...
4/08/2012 7:31:08 p.m.
Malcolm Ford wrote:
I admire your strong stand on defending the uniqueness of the marriage union. I believe that NZ's shameful record of infanticide, youth suicide and general child abuse will be further exacerbated by this aberant same-sex agenda. Aren't our teenagers and youth already confused enough without interfering with our traditional values, already eroded by these exponents of abnormal behaviour.
If these same-sex promoters want parity with marriage, let them have it , but not under the name of marriage, as defined by our historical understanding of the term.
"Wedlock" used to be quite commonly used for marriage. Then let them have Bedlock, and their ceremony can be called, not a wedding but a Bedding. That will save any confusion.
4/08/2012 5:29:23 p.m.
Yes I am sure his daughter sees how fantastic it is to see her parents marriage. A nice traditional marriage of the wife staying at home, submitting, and learning to give sex to her husband on tap and sacrificing herself for her husband. How nice! Homeschooling is a great education tool may,e but also fantastic tool to keep his wife at home. Yep great values... hopefully his daughter will marry a real man, not a sexist creepy bigot! I wonder if his wife even likes sex - nah probably not, after all that would be the opposite of democracy. Can his wife use birth control? No probably not. Yep that's Conservative Party's democracy values! What's next on Colin Craig's agenda - take away birth control, compulsory child bearing, overturn marital rape...!!
4/08/2012 3:49:33 p.m.
Right, GR, like the Kahui whanau was? The overwhelming majority of child battery deaths in this country occur within heterosexual families. Fact.
4/08/2012 10:53:36 a.m.
GET REAL wrote:
To all those here who have indulged in abusive, offensive and patently ignorant name calling against Colin Craig and Conservative Party I would say that all you have done is to prove your own pathetically low IQ.
The simple truth is that a fully functional nuclear family with one male and one female parent has always been, and will always be, the best possible environment in which to raise children.
Despite the drivel offered by Craig Young this fact has been well documented in many international studies on the topic.
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