Latrobe city councillor Christine Sindt not backing down as lawyers for MP Darren Chester seek apology over same-sex marriage Facebook posts

Posted yesterday at 10:45am

The controversial south-east Victorian based councillor criticised federal MP Darren Chester after he announced his support of same-sex marriage.

Lawyers for Mr Chester have asked Cr Sindt to apologise and retract what they describe as divisive, offensive and defamatory comments.

A vilification complaint has also been lodged against Cr Sindt by a New South Wales anti-discrimination campaigner.

A panel will decide if Cr Sindt has breached the councillor code of conduct by posting anti-Islamic material on Facebook.

She said threats from lawyers would not force her to censor her public comments.

“Same-sex marriage has a lot of, there’s a lot of robust debate around same-sex marriage and this morning I received some private and confidential correspondence from a lawyer,” she said.

“Will I think about what I say and do to be sure that the thought police are happy with it?

“I do not comply with the thought police. I am a free-thinking person.”

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