Craig slams Key's stance on gay marriage

Last updated 08:16 13/05/2012

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Conservative Party leader Colin Craig has waded in with yet another controversial opinion, saying that legalising gay marriage is social engineering.

Mr Craig's public profile sky-rocketed this week after he labelled Kiwi women as some of the most promiscuous in the world.

His views on gay marriage are at odds with those of Prime Minister John Key and Labour leader David Shearer, who side with United States president Barack Obama in backing same-sex weddings.

Mr Key on Thursday said he was personally not opposed to gay marriage. Mr Shearer has said he supported marriage equality "in principle" but wanted to see details of new legislation before formally backing it.

Mr Craig - a potential coalition partner for National - yesterday said: "Key should know better."

Mr Craig has vowed to stand in an Epsom by-election if embattled ACT leader John Banks is forced to quit over a donation scandal.

Mr Obama this week said he favoured legalising gay marriage, which sparked a call for marriage equality in New Zealand. When civil unions were legalised in 2004, Mr Key voted against the legislation on the recommendation of his electorate.

Mr Craig accused Mr Key of "politically correct posturing".

"It is not the job of government to start redefining marriage."

z See Steve Braunias column p19.

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