A leading member of the UK Independence Party has likened allowing gay people to adopt to ‘child abuse’.
Winston McKenzie, the party’s culture spokesman, said same sex couples should be banned from the adoption process, because it breached the human rights of children.
His remarks were condemned by campaigners and the party moved to distance itself from his comments.
Mr McKenzie, a former boxer, said: ‘To say to a child, “I am having you adopted by two men who kiss regularly but don’t worry about it” – that is abuse.
‘It is a violation of a child’s human rights because that child has no opportunity to grow up under normal circumstances’ he said.
Mr McKenzie is a Christian and said gay adoption was against his religious beliefs.