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Ukip leader refuses to condemn claims over gay adoption

Channel 5 News press release

Ukip’s leader Nigel Farage has refused to condemn party candidate Winston McKenzie’s claims that gay people shouldn’t be allowed to adopt, but said if he didn’t retract comparisons to child abuse, he’d take action.

In an interview with Channel 5 News, Mr Farage said:

“He [Winston McKenzie] is a candidate for us in another by-election that takes place this week. I don’t agree with him using pejorative terms like child abuse that is a mistake. Do I respect his position that he doesn’t think that gay people should be allowed to adopt children – well you’ve got to have a bit of live and let live in life and just remember that last year the Catholic adoption agencies who have by all accounts done a very good job actually closed down because the Government forced them to put children out to be adopted by gay couples, so we need live and let live.”

Mr Farage admitted that the party’s candidate used homophobic language though earlier today Winston McKenzie told Channel 5 News he was standing by his comments.

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