Western Pride NL drops complaint against Newfoundland Herald

A Newfoundland and Labrador pride group is no longer seeking legal action against the Newfoundland Herald, which published an anti-gay letter and then apologized for doing so.
Western Pride NL member Kyle Curlew retracted his human rights complaint against The Newfoundland Herald after the magazine apologized in its latest issue. (CBC)

A Newfoundland and Labrador pride group is no longer seeking legal action against the Newfoundland Herald, which published an anti-gay letter and then apologized for doing so.

Western Pride NL member Kyle Curlew filed a human rights complaint with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary after the entertainment magazine published an article, written by right-wing blogger Matt Barber, that took a stand against gay marriage and abortion. 

Curlew said the complaint was filed under under C-46, Section 19, which is "propaganda and the incitement of hate towards an identifiable group."

Curlew then retracted his human rights complaint after Pam Pardy-Ghent, managing editor at the Herald, published a response apology letter in the latest issue. 

"We decided we want to take an educational stance towards these issues and not a stance of retribution. We think it's wonderful that they did come out and apologize," Curlew said.

"It takes a lot of courage to admit to those mistakes, especially something that became so reactionary, I guess, in the public eye," 

Curlew hopes the Herald will now have a good rapport with the LGTBQ community in this province.