If this is the most traumatic thing to ever happen to them then they need to get a life

Some people really do lead sheltered lives:

Jessie Rose Foote is in a committed relationship with her partner, Sarah Morris. They had a civil union three years ago and have three children aged 6, 10 and 11. The Whangarei artist and clothing designer is currently preparing for an exhibition in Wellington called Saints and Sinners.

Foote said she was going about her life without too much trouble or fuss from society.

But her conservative Christian parents, David and Penelope Foote, firmly believe homosexuality is “evil” and “repugnant” and they said so in a strongly worded submission opposing gay marriage last month.

Penelope Foote told a parliamentary select committee that finding out her daughter was in a same-sex relationship was “the most traumatic thing we have ever been through”. She blamed her daughter’s homosexuality on “abuse she has suffered [from men]”. 

Jessie Foote, 33, told the Herald on Sunday it was a “very unfortunate” comment to make in public and she was unhappy that had been suggested as the reason for her being gay.

“I have never set out to hurt my parents, but you get to a point where you need to be true to yourself and to others. It’s just really sad for everyone involved that I am the one thing my family cannot and will not accept.”

Despite it all she said she still loved her parents very much.

The most traumatic thing they have ever been through? So never been made redundant? No car crashes? No cancer, or other serious illness? Just the fact that their daughter is gay…how pathetic, how hateful to say that about your daughter.

Good on Jessie for rising above such small minded parents and showing a level of decorum her parents clearly lack. Where is the problem…she is in a committed relationship and raising a family..if they want to miss out on their grandkids growing up them that is their call.

There is a song for nasty people like them:


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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