Vic Liberal candidate resigns following anti-gay tweets
Victorian Liberal candidate Aaron Lane has resigned as the party's candidate for an Upper House seat following anti-gay tweets.
A statement from Liberal Party state director Damien Mantach said Lane (pictured) has withdrawn his candidacy for the November election, reports Melbourne’s Age.
In tweets made before his preselection earlier this year, Lane uses the term “faggots” and says: “The problem is (IMO) many homos make their sexuality a defining aspect of their being.’’
Another tweet says “shirts are for faggots”.
“The Liberal Party finds the comments made by Mr Lane on social media to be inappropriate and offensive,’’ Mantach said in a statement.
“The party takes these matters very seriously.”
Responding to the situation, Liberal Member for Prahran Clem Newton-Brown tweeted: “homophobia has no place on #springst nor anywhere else. Such comments dont represent the ideals + principles of the Vic Libs”.
Lane was running for the seat of Western Victoria.