‘Violation’: Liberal candidate Katherine Deves slams gay dads

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Sydney Liberal candidate Katherine Deves has called same-sex surrogacy a “human rights violation” and described gay dads’ children as a “vanity project”.

The Liberal candidate for Warringah has come under fire in recent weeks over her vile comments about transgender people.

Election candidate nominations closed at midday on Thursday, meaning Deves will go to the election as the candidate in the Sydney seat.

Last September, Deves took to Twitter to take aim at gay US politician Pete Buttigieg after he celebrated the birth of his children.

Buttigieg announced on September 5 that he and his husband Chasten had welcomed twins.

“Chasten and I are beyond thankful for all the kind wishes since first sharing news that we’re becoming parents,” Buttigieg wrote.

“We are delighted to welcome Penelope Rose and Joseph August Buttigieg to our family.”

But Deves lashed out in a now-deleted tweet, describing the two gay men having a baby as a “vanity project.”

“Surrogacy is a human rights violation,” she wrote.

“Women’s bodies are not vehicles for a vanity project.”

Scott Morrison defends candidate Katherine Deves

Earlier Katherine Deves issued multiple apologies on the campaign trail for her offensive and derogatory commentary on LGBTIQ+ people.

But Prime Minister Scott Morrison has repeatedly defended Deves and downplayed her comments.

“She’s made a number of remarks in the past. On a number of occasions she’s stepped over the line, and she’s acknowledged that,” Morrison said on Wednesday.

“As a member of Parliament, that is something you need to learn.

“You need to be able to deal with [issues] with respect for others, to be compassionate in terms of the feelings of others.

“But what I won’t allow, is for those who are seeking to cancel Katherine simply because she has a different view to them on the issue of women and girls in sport.

“I think Australians are getting pretty fed-up with having to walk on eggshells every day because they may or may not say something one day that’s going to upset someone.”

‘A disgrace that she is a candidate’

On Thursday (April 21), Community Action for Rainbow Rights (CARR) held a snap protest against Katherine Deves in the electorate.

Co-convenor April Holcombe said Deves’ comments are bigoted and are not from decades ago, but as recently as this year.

“[It reveals] that Deves has deeply-held and longstanding anti-LGBTI views,” Holcombe said.

“It’s a disgrace that she is a candidate in this year’s federal election.

“And it’s even more disgraceful that Deves is being backed by Scott Morrison.”

Holcombe warned that Deves’ comments were part of a “broader right-wing campaign” against LGBTIQ rights.

“These campaigns have been repeatedly rejected by the majority of people in Australia.

“But right wing bigots continue to push for attacks on trans rights in sport, education and employment.

“This discrimination has to be defeated, not promoted by politicans.”

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