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WINNIPEG — Stuart Murray’s appointment as head of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is coming under fire because he voted against gay rights when he was leader of the Manitoba Progressive Conservative party.

"We must let our voices be heard loud and clear that homophobia cannot be tolerated anywhere, least of all in a national museum on human rights," Winnipegger Daniel Voth wrote in an email blitz to gay people and their heterosexual allies across the country. 

In 2002, Murray voted against an NDP bill extending adoption and other rights to gays and lesbians. In an interview after his appointment as human rights museum boss this week, Murray said he was just following the wishes of his caucus.

"It has been settled in this country that GLBTT (gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgendered-transsexual) rights are human rights," wrote Voth, working on a doctorate in political studies at the University of British Columbia.

Voth’s email blitz encourages people who agree with him to write to Murray, Friends of the Museum, the Asper family, MPs, the minister of Canadian heritage and Manitoba NDP leadership candidates to express their concern.

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The Free Press' Mary Agnes Welch asks Stuart Murray about a 2002 vote in which he opposed an NDP bill extending adoption rights to gays and lesbians:

 

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