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 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.
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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.