A member of Latvia’s ruling Unity party has taken to Twitter to praise the Nazi extermination of gay people
Inga Priede, who made the comments in a Twitter discussion earlier this week about same-sex marriage, has since resigned.
During the discussion, Priede commented “Thank God! The Germans shot them in their time. Birth rate was going up.”
She also said that gay people living in rural parts of Latvia were "not proud" of their sexuality because "there are basic values".
Priede bizarrely initially denied tweeting the comments. She subsequently deleted them from her account and later apologised while handing in her resignation from Unity’s leadership.
Unity general secretary Artis Kampars said her comments were "categorically unacceptable and contrary to the position of Unity."
Priede’s Unity party colleague and Latvian foreign minister Edgars Rinkevics last month became the country's first openly gay politician.