A parliamentary staffer to Riverstone MP Kevin Connolly has landed himself in hot water after he compared homosexuality to incest in a Facebook post.
Edwin Nelson has deleted his Facebook page on Thursday night after news of his online comments broke.
In addition to his work for the Riverstone MP, Mr Nelson is also a member of the NSW Young Liberals and the vice president of the Macquarie University Liberal Club.
In the post, Mr Nelson wrote: “A quick question to my left wing friends out there...is it wrong for two homosexual men who are brothers to sleep with each other?”
He went on to write “if you answer no, then what would you say to two brothers and sisters sleeping with each other (sic)”.
Before the Facebook post was deleted, Mr Nelson defended the status in several comments.
“Homosexuality can have detrimental effects on others when they choose to adopt children,” he said in one of the comments.
“The argument for homosexual marriage are the same as for homosexual incestuous marriage,” another comment stated.
Mr Connolly failed to elaborate on the issue, but in a statement to the Courier, he said the views of comparing homosexuality to incest were not supported in the post.
“Mr Nelson has made the logical and unremarkable observation that proponents of changing the definition of marriage to include any two adults who love each other would have no rational basis on which to exclude two adult brothers or two adult sisters from that definition of "marriage”,” Mr Connolly said.
This incident comes just weeks after NSW Premier Mike Baird issued an internal memo to Liberal Party staff to stop embarrassing themselves on social media.