26/02/2014 – ACDP does not approve laws providing for imprisonment for homosexuals – government has no jurisdiction to interfere in people’s private lives

ACDP Parliament
Media Release
Cheryllyn Dudley, ACDP MP and Whip

ACDP does not approve laws providing for imprisonment for homosexuals – government has no jurisdiction to interfere in people’s private lives

  • ACDP respects rights and freedoms of all people
  • Says no people should be subjected to discrimination or violence on any ground including sexual orientation

ACDP Member of Parliament, Cheryllyn Dudley, today said that:

“The ACDP does not approve of laws providing for imprisonment for homosexuals – government has no jurisdiction to interfere in people’s private lives where their life-style choices do not overtly negatively impact on others!

The ACDP respects the rights and freedoms of all people to make adult choices with regard to their private lives – no people should be subjected to discrimination or violence on any ground including sexual orientation.

In the wake of Uganda’s President, Yoweri Musveni, enacting a law providing for life imprisonment for homosexuals – the ACDP has been quoted and misquoted on our position regarding homosexuals and their rights.

As a political party representing a primarily Christian community, the ACDP objected to clauses in the constitution which we believed afforded ‘additional’ rights to homosexuals – we believed at the time, that the result of this would lead to a clamping down on religious freedom and the right of Christians and churches to warn about the dangers of homosexual behaviour – warnings which are clearly written in the Word of God on which the Church is founded.  This concern was soon validated as veiled and overt threats were levelled at individuals and churches.

The ACDP has always expressed the view that promoting the homosexual lifestyle will have negative repercussions for individuals and our country as a whole we do however make a distinction between people who refer to themselves as homosexual and what we see as a ‘homosexual agenda’ to promote a homosexual life-style, especially among the young and ‘very young’.

Our position is one in which we defend the human rights of every person – including the right of homosexual people to choose their life style – we will however oppose any agenda which promotes a homosexual lifestyle particularly in schools.  We have also opposed the use of the word ‘marriage’ in describing this lifestyle as the word marriage refers to – and has always traditionally referred to – a union between one man and one woman.   We do however recognise that legal contracts can be drawn up to govern the sharing of assets and the designation of ‘next of kin’ status.

We do not – and will never – support legislation criminalising homosexuality where it is a matter between consenting adults.

We note that the Department of International Relations and co-operation spokesman has said government would, through diplomatic channels, be seeking clarification on the developments regarding the situation.”

-ENDS-

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