New Zealand lobbying group leader claims gay marriage will increase crime
The head of a New Zealand lobbying group for victims of crime has claimed that legalising same sex marriage would lead to an increase in crime.
Garth McVicar, head of the Sensible Sentencing Trust, claimed in a submission to parliament that a gay marriage bill currently being considered by MPs would represent a further erosion in social morals, adding:
“The marriage amendment bill will not benefit society at all and will ultimately have detremetal (sic) effect on crime at all levels.”
The comments have been widely condemned on social media and the Sensible Sentencing Trust also distanced itself from McVicar’s comments:
“The Sensible Sentencing Trust wishes to clarify that the recent submission regarding the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill was made by Garth McVicar in a personal capacity and does not represent the view of the Sensible Sentencing Trust, or the wide range of views our members will no doubt have on the issue.”
“Although [the comment] echoes a number of submissions that say marriage has been the same way for a long time and that if you tamper with it there will be lots of unforeseen circumstances, I suspect that underlying this submission is a prejudice against gay people.”
The Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill is expected to be before the New Zealand parliament at the end of February.
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