I have to declare – yes, I am an urban liberal. So I would be embarrassed if a member of my family said this:
The National Party’s candidate for New Plymouth (Jonathan Young) says homosexuality is a choice and strongly objects to it being seen as a “normal alternative“:
Jonathan Young’s views, printed in the Taranaki Daily Times at the weekend, angered GayNZ.com readers in New Plymouth who contacted us. “One of my associates was an ex-lesbian,” Young told the newspaper. “She discovered through her own journey and talking to others that a lot of things happened to her in her childhood that affected her deeply and caused her to become [homosexual].
“One of the things I do strongly object to in terms of the people who have made this choice is the presentation of it as a normal alternative,” he concluded.
The article goes onto say:
Young, 50, was Senior Minister of CityChurch Waitakere in West Auckland for 18 years prior to moving back to his birthplace in Taranaki this year. He is one of the nine children of Venn Young, the long-serving National Party politician who championed homosexual law reform and became well-known for his failed attempt to legalise ‘homosexual acts’ in 1975. GayNZ.com has attempted to contact Young via phone and email, but has not received a response as yet.
That’s not quite the fresh image I thought National was looking for? I wonder what Mr Key thinks of his candidates clearly stated opinion? But then again Mr Key did oppose civil unions, despite having no problems personally with them…