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Victorian Liberal candidate Peter Killin resigns over anti-gay comments

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Peter Killin, the Liberal candidate for the Victorian seat of Wills, has resigned.

A Liberal candidate has pulled out of the election race after backlash after it emerged he said the"homosexual lifestyle" carried "appalling health risks".

Liberal candidate for the Victorian seat of Wills, Peter Killin resigned on Wednesday afternoon. 

Earlier, he was forced to apologise after it was revealed he made a submission to the Ruddock review into religious freedom in which he wrote about the "dangers" posed by gay people.

He has also lamented the fact he was not at the preselection for fellow Liberal Tim Wilson so he could have ensured there was "no homosexual MP".

Phillip Ruddock oversaw a review into religious freedoms.
Phillip Ruddock oversaw a review into religious freedoms.
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Earlier Wednesday, Mr Killin issued an apology for the comments, but said he won't stand aside, after a story was published in the Herald Sun.

"My comments were wrong and I apologise unreservedly for making them," he said in a statement.

In his Ruddock review submission, he wrote: "The dangers and health risks (of gay people) have been well documented in many reliable medical sources for years."

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