Canadian lawmaker confirms antigay stance

BY Advocate.com Editors

May 13 2003 12:00 AM ET

Conservative member of Canadian parliament Elsie Wayne says she regrets offending some people with her controversial remarks about gays, but she stopped short of apologizing Friday, the Canadian Press reports. Wayne, who has been under fire for a rant Thursday in which she condemned gay activism and same-sex marriage, issued a statement that read: "I regret that some have been offended by my remarks, because this was certainly not my intention. Rather, my only goal was to reiterate my support for the historic definition of marriage." Conservative leader Joe Clark issued a rebuke Friday of Wayne's comments, but he shied away from firing her as deputy party leader, noting that her term in the post will end in another three weeks. Clark said that neither he nor the party shares her views. "As a citizen, she is entitled to express her personal opinions but should be conscious of their impact on others," Clark said.

During a debate in the House of Commons on Thursday, Wayne said gay couples should "shut up" about their lifestyles and stop pressing for legal recognition of same-sex marriage. She followed those remarks outside the chamber by saying that she considers the homosexual lifestyle "unfortunate" and thinks most people see it as "not natural."

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