London, Nov 27 (IANS) 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.