Conservative leader Colin Craig is causing a storm on Twitter by saying that gay relationships are not normal.
This morning Craig tweeted that: "It's just not intelligent to pretend that homosexual relationships are normal," in response to Louisa Wall's Marriage Amendment Bill being drawn from the ballot in Parliament yesterday.
Now trending on New Zealand Twitter feeds, Craig said "it is important that marriage remains between a man and a woman".
"A tiny minority want to change the rules of the game to suit themselves, and that isn't right," he said.
"It's time for all New Zealanders who recognise the importance of marriage being between a man and a woman to stand up and be heard, because our Parliamentarians lack the backbone to do it," he said.
Craig is not a member of parliament.
MPs are considering their position on the issue of gay marriage which will soon have a first reading in Parliament.
Yesterday, Labour MP Louisa Wall said she is confident that her bill will get the numbers it needs for its first reading.
It needs support from 61 MPs to pass, with 42 currently supporting it, until at least the first reading, according to a poll conducted by TV ONE's Close Up.
Wall says the numbers represent a growing wave of international support for gay rights.
The bill is likely to go to the select committee for public submissions before going on to a conscience vote in Parliament.
The result is expected as early as September.
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