Family First

It looks like Family First have all but conceded that they're not going to get the gay and lesbian vote after this story broke:

Religious party Family First has disciplined a campaign volunteer for saying lesbians should be burned to death.


Smart campaigning, for sure.

Comic relief aside, it's disappointing the way that yet again the euphemism of the "family" is being used as a softly-softly substitute for the word conservative. There is nothing inherently conservative about the family, yet time after time right-wingers can invoke the family on their crusade against all things progressive. Surely a true "family values" party would support families in all forms, including single parent families and families with gay parents?

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