A candidate for the European Parliament has urged her followers to offer a “supportive message” to UKIP councillor who said it was a “tragedy” that Section 28 was repealed.
Iain McLaughlan, a UKIP member of Orton Waterville Parish Council in Peterborough, made the comments on Facebook in February, while praising Vladimir Putin for banning adoption by foreign gay couples.
English Democrat MEP candidate Julia Gasper, formerly a UKIP chair and failed Oxford city council candidate, has said PinkNews is “like a rabid dog” for revealing the comments in which he accused the Labour Government of “promoting” homosexuality, and later describing abortion as a “modern day holocaust”.
On her official Facebook page, whist claiming that supporting Mr McLaughlan would show belief in “tolerance” and “respect [for] true diversity”, Dr Gasper urges her supporters to “offer him a supportive message.”
She writes: “Shame on the homosexual bullies who are ganging up on Ian McLaughlan, UKIP candidate, and bombarding him with abuse. They trawled through his Facebook page and found that he supported Section 28 and are now trying make out that he is a criminal. They are even trying to take his job away.
“The vile Pink News is at his throat like a rabid dog. This is disgusting anti-social behaviour. If you believe in democratic rights, tolerance, respect and true diversity you can go to his page and offer him a supportive message.”
The English Democrats campaign for Britain to leave the EU and for an English parliament to be established.
Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 previously stated that a local authority “shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality” and that schools “could not promote of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship”.
It was later repealed under Tony Blair’s Labour government and the current Conservative Prime Minister, David Cameron, apologised for the policy in 2009.