UKIP election candidate Winston McKenzie criticised for call to ban gay fostering

Croydon Guardian: Winston McKenzie on the campaign trail last week Winston McKenzie on the campaign trail last week

UKIP's candidate for this week's Croydon North by-election has sparked controversy by likening adoption by gay couples to "child abuse".

Winston McKenzie described families headed by same-sex parents as "a hideous idea" and "unhealthy", claiming that children grow up unhappy in such families.

He said: "This business of gay adoption is tantamount to child abuse. It is unhealthy. The child has no chance to turn out normal.

"Many children grow up to be very unhappy."

Mr McKenzie claimed that youngsters would turn to homosexuality if offered no alternative.

"People are turning to this hideous idea because there is nothing else," he said. "We are a predominant Christian country and we need to return to that. These issues did not exist in the Bible."

He dismissed the suggestion that his stance could lose him votes in Thursday's byelection.

Mr McKenzie's outburst comes days after Rotherham Council removed three children from a foster couple because they were UKIP members.

UKIP has distanced itself from Mr McKenzie's comments, with London chairman David Coburn saying the party wholeheartedly supported equal rights for couples regardless of their sexuality.

Gay Rights charity Stonewall strongly criticised Mr McKenzie's beliefs, stating 19th century views were not acceptable in the 21st century.

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10:05am Tue 27 Nov 12

Mr Strings says...

Indeed, why spend your valuable time concentrating on the numerous negative problems in our society, when instead you can try to undo something proven to be positive?

I'm sure that little boy or girl who wouldn't otherwise get a loving home will thank you for it.

Frankly, if you get in, I'm moving out.
Indeed, why spend your valuable time concentrating on the numerous negative problems in our society, when instead you can try to undo something proven to be positive? I'm sure that little boy or girl who wouldn't otherwise get a loving home will thank you for it. Frankly, if you get in, I'm moving out. Mr Strings
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1:47pm Tue 27 Nov 12

benefitsponger says...

Winston - kiss by by to your deposit!

What a cretin you are! You dress like a pimp and want people to take you seriously yet spout idiotic abuse.

Retiring from "politics" would be your best option.
Winston - kiss by by to your deposit! What a cretin you are! You dress like a pimp and want people to take you seriously yet spout idiotic abuse. Retiring from "politics" would be your best option. benefitsponger
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1:47pm Tue 27 Nov 12

benefitsponger says...

Winston - kiss by by to your deposit!

What a cretin you are! You dress like a pimp and want people to take you seriously yet spout idiotic abuse.

Retiring from "politics" would be your best option.
Winston - kiss by by to your deposit! What a cretin you are! You dress like a pimp and want people to take you seriously yet spout idiotic abuse. Retiring from "politics" would be your best option. benefitsponger
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3:16pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Crease2000 says...

I'd started to like UKIP but this bloke is an idiot and they should get rid of him before he drags the whole party down. I've no intention of voting for them now.
I'd started to like UKIP but this bloke is an idiot and they should get rid of him before he drags the whole party down. I've no intention of voting for them now. Crease2000
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3:21pm Tue 27 Nov 12

QPR4Me says...

What a nauseating, ignorant little man. UKIP are fighting an uphill battle as it is without putting up a sky-fairy believing clown with such backward views as a candidate in this by-election.
Farage and company need to wake up. No-one will treat UKIP with any respect as long as everyone who represents it is a nutter!
What a nauseating, ignorant little man. UKIP are fighting an uphill battle as it is without putting up a sky-fairy believing clown with such backward views as a candidate in this by-election. Farage and company need to wake up. No-one will treat UKIP with any respect as long as everyone who represents it is a nutter! QPR4Me
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8:38pm Tue 27 Nov 12

ThEaLlSeEiNgEyEsEeSeVeRyThInG says...

Me and my family have known Winston McKenzie and his family for years and most of them are scum GOD knows how this man is even allowed to be in public office at all
Me and my family have known Winston McKenzie and his family for years and most of them are scum GOD knows how this man is even allowed to be in public office at all ThEaLlSeEiNgEyEsEeSeVeRyThInG
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10:43pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Local people says...

ThEaLlSeEiNgEyEsEeSe
VeRyThInG
wrote:
Me and my family have known Winston McKenzie and his family for years and most of them are scum GOD knows how this man is even allowed to be in public office at all
we have all heard this his family is scum!
[quote][p][bold]ThEaLlSeEiNgEyEsEeSe VeRyThInG[/bold] wrote: Me and my family have known Winston McKenzie and his family for years and most of them are scum GOD knows how this man is even allowed to be in public office at all[/p][/quote]we have all heard this his family is scum! Local people
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10:45pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Local people says...

Kick his arse out of the Town Hall! Backward Scum!
Kick his arse out of the Town Hall! Backward Scum! Local people
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12:38am Wed 28 Nov 12

Local people says...

I'm gay and i'm going to see you in court dick head! You're not getting away with this one arse HOLE!
I'm gay and i'm going to see you in court dick head! You're not getting away with this one arse HOLE! Local people
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12:53am Wed 28 Nov 12

Local people says...

You Pleb! i'm Gay Black and proud I'm taking Legal advise in the morning over your comments. You will be hearing from my Legal Team in the morning i'm going to sue you!
You Pleb! i'm Gay Black and proud I'm taking Legal advise in the morning over your comments. You will be hearing from my Legal Team in the morning i'm going to sue you! Local people
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12:55am Wed 28 Nov 12

Local people says...

ThEaLlSeEiNgEyEsEeSe
VeRyThInG
wrote:
Me and my family have known Winston McKenzie and his family for years and most of them are scum GOD knows how this man is even allowed to be in public office at all
we all hear it too bro!
[quote][p][bold]ThEaLlSeEiNgEyEsEeSe VeRyThInG[/bold] wrote: Me and my family have known Winston McKenzie and his family for years and most of them are scum GOD knows how this man is even allowed to be in public office at all[/p][/quote]we all hear it too bro! Local people
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7:39pm Wed 28 Nov 12

Surreydon says...

Crease2000 wrote:
I'd started to like UKIP but this bloke is an idiot and they should get rid of him before he drags the whole party down. I've no intention of voting for them now.
So one idiot makes a pratt of himself and now you won't vote UKIP!
So which party will you vote for? Let's hope none of their candidates ever make a controversial statement.....
[quote][p][bold]Crease2000[/bold] wrote: I'd started to like UKIP but this bloke is an idiot and they should get rid of him before he drags the whole party down. I've no intention of voting for them now.[/p][/quote]So one idiot makes a pratt of himself and now you won't vote UKIP! So which party will you vote for? Let's hope none of their candidates ever make a controversial statement..... Surreydon
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8:01am Thu 29 Nov 12

lordofzombies says...

UKIP will never win anyway. its always a two party system with the exception of judas clegg.
UKIP will never win anyway. its always a two party system with the exception of judas clegg. lordofzombies
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