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UKIP Member Says Gay Adoption Is 'Child Abuse'
A leading member of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) has called for a ban on gay people adopting.
Winston McKenzie, the culture spokesman for UKIP, said placing children with gay or lesbian couples was "child abuse".
The former boxer, who is standing in the Croydon North by-election on Thursday, told the Metro newspaper: "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."
Ben Summerskill, chief executive of gay rights charity Stonewall, replied: "These 19th Century views are not acceptable in the 21st Century."
Mr McKenzie's comments come days after Rotherham Council removed three children from a South Yorkshire couple because of their membership of UKIP.
Social workers said they were concerned about the children's "cultural and ethnic needs".
The Labour-controlled local authority has launched an investigation into the move following criticism from across the political spectrum.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage condemned it as "outrageous", while Education Secretary Michael Gove said the decision was "indefensible".
The unnamed husband and wife have said council leaders should consider resigning after they failed to apologise for their actions.
They told the Daily Telegraph they felt "slandered and besmirched" after social workers took the ethnic minority children away.
"They should be considering their position," the husband said.
"These are people on incredible salaries who are paid to make responsible decisions but they can't do it.
"It's completely baffling that they just can't put their hands up. They say this is a complex case but we don't agree. It's very simple."
In his statement on Monday, council leader Roger Stone said he had received an initial report from his officials on what he described as a "very complex case".
He said: "The Secretary of State for Education has asked for an inquiry relating to this case over the weekend. The council welcomes this. We will work very closely with and give full co-operation to the department."