Should 'gays' teach children?

4BC News: The Queensland senate candidate for Katter's Australian Party, Bernard Gaynor, does not want homosexuals teaching his children.

Mr Gaynor tweeted the controversial opinion on Wednesday night: "I wouldn't let a gay person teach my children and I am not afraid to say it."

The comment has sparked a vicious reply in cyberspace, with the public calling him "hateful", "narrow minded" and "homophobic".

Mr Gaynor, who describes himself as a father of five, an Iraq veteran and Catholic, responded by saying if Australia valued free speech and democracy the right of Christians to hold views about right and wrong should be respected.

"Parents should have discretion over who teaches their children," he tweeted.

It is not the first time Katter's Australian Party has caused a stir over homosexuality.

Its federal candidate in western Victoria has also triggered outrage by comparing gay and lesbian people to pedophiles.

The Australian newspaper reported on Wednesday that Tess Corbett, who is running in the seat of Wannon, also said it would be a "sad day" if homosexuals had equal rights to other people.

Asked whether she thought people were born gay or chose to be, Ms Corbett said: "God doesn't make mistakes."

The party also launched an ad during the 2012 Queensland election campaign attacking Campbell Newman's personal support for gay marriage.

It featured images of two shirtless men, and Mr Newman handling a skirt.

Among those who condemned it as homophobic were party leader Bob Katter's gay half brother Carl, who tweeted: "they are using the politics of fear hate to win vote(s)".

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