'Allowing gay people to adopt is similar to child abuse'

London: A leading member of the UK Independence Party has likened allowing gay people to adopt to "child abuse", the Daily Mail reported Tuesday.

Winston McKenzie, the party's culture spokesman, said same-sex couples should be banned from the adoption process, because it breached the human rights of children.

McKenzie is the UKIP candidate in this week's by-election in Croydon North.

 Allowing gay people to adopt is similar to child abuse

Representational image. Reuters.

His remarks were condemned by campaigners and the party moved to distance itself from his comments.

McKenzie, a former boxer, said: "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," he said, according to the Mail.

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Updated Date: Nov 27, 2012 23:11:02 IST