WANNON MP Dan Tehan has denied he is a hypocrite because of his responses to homophobia both inside and outside the Liberal Party.
Mr Tehan was quick to criticise former Katter’s Australian Party Wannon candidate, Tess Corbett, over her comments linking homosexuality with paedophilia.
However, anti-discrimination activist, Gary Burns, has accused Mr Tehan of being silent over comments made by Federal Liberal Senator, Cory Bernardi.
Mr Bernardi’s comments in Parliament have come to light once more as he faces another controversy over his links to a pro-tobacco lobby group.
Mr Burns wants an explanation as to why Mr Bernardi’s comparison of gay marriage with bestiality has not drawn the same condemnation as Mrs Corbett’s.
According to the Federal Parliament Hansard, Mr Bernardi told the Senate in September last year that legalising gay marriage would lead to polygamy and sexual relations between people and animals.
“If we are prepared to redefine marriage so that it suits the latest criterion that two people who love each other should be able to get married irrespective of their gender … then what is the next step?” he said.
“There are even some creepy people out there, and I say ‘creepy’ deliberately, who are unfortunately afforded a great deal more respect than I believe they deserve,” he said.
“These creepy people say it is okay to have consensual sexual relations between humans and animals.”
Mr Tehan told The Spectator that it was not up to him to judge Mr Bernardi’s response.
Full story in the Spectator on Thursday, January 31, 2013.