For his answer to the question of whether he could imagine a gay chancellor, Friedrich Merz was criticized on social networks. Now he’s taking a stand on it.
Friedrich Merz has come under criticism after a video interview with “Bild”. When asked if he had any reservations about a gay chancellor, the candidate for the CDU presidency initially answered “no”.
However, the next sentence caused anger: “Sexual orientation is not a public issue as long as it falls within the framework of the law and as long as it does not affect children. At this point, however, an absolute limit has been reached for me,” said Merz.
Simply having ‘no problem’ with something and opening the context ‘within the framework of the law’ is anything but self-evident social acceptance.
You can retract misplaced statements, the role of victim is even more than 90 #Merz already.
– Nicolas Lembeck 🇪🇺 (@NicolasLembeck) September 21, 2020
Fierce discussions arose
This led to heated discussions on Twitter. CDU member Frank Sarfeld accused Merz: “Equating homosexuals and pedophiles is not only behind 2005, but also arrested in the deepest Stone Age.”
Incidentally, a heterosexual chancellor would be okay for me as long as he doesn’t vote against the crime of marital rape. #Merz
– Henrik Rubner 🏳️🌈🌻 (@Henrik_Ru) September 21, 2020
It’s nice that Friedrich #Merz‘first association with #Homosexuality Breaking the law and being a pedophilia.
These are fundamentalist, misanthropic resentments of the last century – scientific. in no way sustainable and has no place in modern society. https://t.co/2olQIr3cm9
– Vincent Weber (@vncntwbr) September 21, 2020
Merz’s press spokesman, Armin Peter, responded – also on Twitter: “This claim is malicious and simply false. Friedrich Merz said, “Sexual orientation is not in the public domain as long as it is within the law and as long as it does not affect children.” So this is true of straight men, gays and everyone else. “