Cabbie feels heat over gay remarks

BY BEN SMEE
08 Mar, 2011 04:00 AM
Newcastle taxi driver and blogger John Christopher Sunol is in hot water over claims the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is ‘‘a perverted piece of living garbage’’ run by paedophiles and drug dealers.

The blog comments, posted hours before Saturday’s Mardi Gras parade, were added to an Anti-Discrimination Board complaint that Mr Sunol vilified homosexuals over the internet.

Activist Gary Burns, who lodged the extra complaint yesterday, is seeking $40,000 and a published apology from Mr Sunol.

He has also asked the board to refer the latest statements to the NSW Attorney-General.

‘‘When Mr Sunol is finally dealt with by me he will be laying spreadeagled on the pavement battered and bruised, figuratively-speaking, because I am no nancy boy,’’ Mr Burns said.

Mr Sunol repeated denials yesterday that he had vilified homosexuals.

‘‘What I’m saying is, the Mardi Gras is run by drug dealers and paedophiles, not all homosexuals [are drug dealers and paedophiles],’’ he said.

‘‘I’ve seen men with no pants on marching down Oxford Street in Sydney, which is repugnant.

‘‘If they’d done that in Iran, if they’d done that in Iraq, they’d be murdered. I’m speaking out against it because the homo-nazis and femi-nazis are taking away our right to speak against them.’’

The case could be delayed because Mr Sunol is appealing to the NSW Supreme Court to have a 2006 Administrative Decisions Tribunal finding that he vilified homosexuals overturned.

Mr Burns said that the Supreme Court appeal was a stalling tactic.

 

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Author: Garry Burns

Gary Burns is an Australian anti-discrimination campaigner. He successfully tested the homosexual vilification provisions of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 with a complaint of personal homosexual vilification against broadcaster John Laws and Sydney radio station 2UE that concluded in his favour in 2002.[1] Burns went on to front public interest cases against high profile figures and media establishments for unlawful homosexual vilification.

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