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.
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