A member of the conservative UK Independence Party (UKIP) railed against the gay community in a recent interview, calling same-sex adoption “child abuse.” Winston McKenzie is running in an election in Croydon North and shared these ill-informed beliefs about same-sex couples and gay people in general with the Croydon Advertiser:
MCKENZIE: If you couldn’t look after your child and you had to put them up for adoption would you honestly want your child to be adopted by a gay couple? Would you seriously want that or a heterosexual family? Which would be more healthy for the child? A caring loving home is a heterosexual or single family. I don’t believe (a gay couple) is healthy for a child.
There are people out there who bring up their kids encouraging them to believe they are gay themselves. If the child is properly heterosexual and they are put in foster homes without any thought or consideration of who they are or what their identity is, that’s not right. A child might be vehemently against being housed with a gay couple but you wouldn’t know until they were older. Placing them with that couple deceives the child. If there’s no alternative then maybe. If it’s a case of being adopted by a gay couple or deportation then what can do you? But if you ask me, I’m not for heterosexual children being adopted by gay couples.
McKenzie also said that he will fly the Union Flag outside his house at half mast “if homosexual marriage becomes law.” Marriage equality is causing a sharp political divide in Britain’s Parliament.
David Coburn, chairman of UKIP London, rebuked McKenzie’s remarks that gay couples could bring their children up to be gay: “He said that? That’s a mistake.”