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A Welsh councillor has said that lesbians should “a Barbie doll if they want to play at being a mum”, according to Wales Online.

The newspaper reported that independent Torfaen councilor, Mike Harris, left a comment on a Facebook post regarding a myth that the NHS would fund a sperm bank for lesbians which said: “Totally and ethically wrong in my opinion! They should buy a Barbie doll if they want to play at being a mum.”

Harris faced a disciplinary hearing over the post, but did not face punishment, as “there is no suggestion that Cllr Harris was acting in an official capacity” when he made the comments. The report added: “He is not homophobic but feels this is ethically and morally wrong. It is his freedom of speech to express his views.
“That the normal upbringing for a child is to have a male father and female mother though he is not against sperm banks

“He feels ’Mother’ means giving birth and that the other female is a ‘Guardian’ and that was not being a Mum in his view

“He also mentioned that when science intervenes, mistakes can happen e.g. where sperm banks get things mixed up.”

Cllr Harris told WalesOnline: “I wasn’t cautioned, I wasn’t censured. I wasn’t found in breach. There was no action.
“It’s a victory for freedom of speech. It’s right and just that they found no breach.”

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