Family First Senate Candidate: Homophobic tweet apology

A candidate for the Family First Senate in Australia has posted an apology on her website for a homophobic tweet. Wendy Francis, standing for the Senate in Queensland originally tweeted a message referring to children of same-sex couples facing emotional abuse.

A message that was tweeted said, “Legitimising gay marriage is like legalising child abuse”, and the post has now been removed according to the candidate from Brisbane. An apology on her website yesterday said, “I take responsibility for what was sent from my office and I acknowledge that the words used caused hurt and anguish for many people,” according to Petrina Berry over on

However Francis also felt that the media had distorted her words and her views by using melodramatic headlines and held firm to her belief that children brought up by both mother and father were better off. She also appeared to be shifting the blame for the wording on the tweet by saying it was not her own and came from her staff who came up with the media release. Francis said that she in fact changed the wording but somehow this was not passed on to her office before the tweet was released.

Francis did say however that she unreservedly apologized but it does sound to us that she was more apologetic about the fact it caused offence than for what was actually said. For more on this go to We’d be interested to know how you feel about this so please do send in your comments.