More than 10 parental groups dedicated to family values will express their opposition to anti-discrimination legislation for sexual minorities after accusing the equal opportunities chief of distorting their opposition to such a law by claiming there was consensus on the issue. The groups will join hands with some legislators and storm the Equal Opportunities Commission’s (EOC) office in Taikoo Shing on Thursday to demand clarification from its chairman, Professor Alfred Chan Cheung-ming. Church invasion: scuffles as Hong Kong LGBT activists storm Catholic talk on anti-sexual discrimination laws They are furious because Chan told a Legislative Council panel meeting last week that he had met various stakeholder groups, including LGBT and anti-LGBT groups, and there was a “clear consensus” among them for an anti-discrimination law to safeguard the rights of sexual minorities. Protest organiser Roger Wong Wai-ming, convenor of the Family School Sexual Orientation Discrimination Ordinance Concern Group, feared Chan’s distorted statement would mislead the public into wrongly thinking they supported the law. Declaring they would become more “vocal” about the issue, Wong, who is also a core member of the Parental Rights Alliance, said the community was not well informed about the “draconian effects” such a law would have on their rights and fundamental freedoms, including freedom of conscience, thought and speech. The alliance, a coalition of parents, is polling Legco election hopefuls for their views and positions on LGBT-related legislative issues. Their stances will be uploaded online for reference before people vote in September. “We are not homophobic as unfairly labelled,” Wong said. “We just think that there is no need at all for legislation because we don’t see actual discrimination in Hong Kong.” He argued that any definition of discrimination would be ambiguous and create legal minefields. The draconian effects, he believed, would include requiring Christian schools to use textbooks that include such concepts as two mums or two dads, and incriminating educators who say what they believe about gay relationships. Hong Kong’s LGBT community left disappointed by long awaited report on discrimination against sexual minorities Wong said the law would unfairly force people to compromise their traditional values and recognise relationships that were against their conscience. He feared such a law would tear apart the community. Brian Leung Siu-fai, of the Big Love Alliance, dismissed such fears as unfounded, saying that the legislative process would address any misgivings, such as giving exemptions to religious organisations. “As long as one’s remarks are not intended to incite homophobic hatred and discrimination, I don’t think any rational expression of opinions would be a problem,” he said, adding legislation was needed to deter hurtful words and deeds against sexual minorities. “Children should be allowed to know that different kinds of relationships exist in the world. It doesn’t necessarily turn them into homosexuals.” An EOC spokesman said Chan had so far met over 30 concern groups from both sides and was aware of their divergent views. “Although some of the organisations have worried about reverse discrimination if there is a legislation for sexual minorities, most of them have agreed that discrimination solely based on sexual orientation is not acceptable,” he said, adding that some suggested that their rights could be protected by amending other legislation instead of enacting a law for sexual minorities.