Estonia: IRL Apologizes for Comments About Gays

26/03/2013
Submitted by ILGA-Europe

Reposted from ERR: http://news.err.ee/Politics/aa8500bd-2ed3-4e9c-bf2a-c830fe5307f4

IRL, a conservative political party, has apologized for anti-gay comments made by two of its MPs.

Eesti Ekspress wrote yesterday that MP Priit Sibul's comments in an evening news broadcast last week offended gay rights advocate Lisette Kampust.

"There are all kinds of deviants. There are also people who like it with animals," Sibul said.

The statement prompted Kampust to write to IRL's members in Parliament. Another MP, Erki Nool, replied to her saying that people should avoid the company of gays and that gays should be sent to medical treatment.

Speaking on behalf of IRL, MP Liisa Pakosta extended an apology to uudised.err.ee on Friday.

"We apologize to everyone who has felt uncomfortable with one or another opinion about people's sexual orientation, but also more generally for the public discourse on such intimate issues," Pakosta said.

"The statements made by Erki Nool and Priit Sibul are their personal opinions. We would like to live in a society where voicing personal opinions is not prohibited, because freedom of speech is also a value," Pakosta said.


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