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Petition Demands Japanese Lawmaker Apologize for LGBT Remark

08/31/2018 | Times of India

Japanese activists including seven parents of LGBT children submitted a petition with more than 25,000 signatures to prime minister Shinzo Abe’s party on Friday, demanding that a lawmaker apologise for saying that sexual minorities are unproductive and don’t deserve public support. A lawmaker belonging to Abe’s ruling party, Mio Sugita, said in a right-wing magazine in July that the government shouldn’t use tax money for LGBT rights because same-sex couples don’t produce children and have “no productivity.” The comment triggered outrage from sexual minorities as well as others, including the elderly and disabled.

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