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David Cameron Threatened With Tory Revolt Over 'Bizarre' And 'Militant' Gay Marriage Support

KeepCalmThis comes as no surprise, but British Prime Minister David Cameron is facing some opposition from fellow Conservatives for his support of marriage equality.

In an open letter, Giles Chichester, Tory MEP in the European Parliament, warned Cameron that he risks a party revolt should same-sex couples be allowed to tie the knot.

"Should this measure go through, it will cause many Conservatives to question their loyalty to a party which is no longer supporting values inherent to the party," said Chichester, who claims to support civil unions, but not full-blown marriage, because he does not think "being equal must mean being the same."

"For two obvious reasons, these unions or partnerships are not the same, namely a marriage is about a man and woman joined together for the procreation of children," he wrote. "What you are doing in attempting to redefine marriage is to undermine and affront the traditional majority to no benefit to the gay and lesbian minority."

Chichester also accuses Cameron of kowtowing to a "militant gay agenda:"

The worst way in which you are attacking the traditional family is through your bizarre attempt to redefine marriage.

Why you have chosen to push the Stonewall [campaign group] militant gay agenda is a mystery to me because same-sex marriage was not in your manifesto and so far as I can tell from friends in the gay community, there is no majority within that minority in favor of trying to make same-sex unions or partnerships the same as traditional marriage. Equal yes, same no.

So, a few of Chichester's gay friends -- like how he threw them in there? -- don't want to get married, so that means the rest of same-sex couples should be denied the right? Talk about some bizarre rationale.

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  1. Nice one

    Posted by: dissertation-service | Mar 29, 2012 8:47:25 AM

  2. It's the mindset of what has come to be called "conservatives" -- "I don't believe in it, so no one should be allowed to do it. (Except me, in secret.)"

    Posted by: Hunter | Mar 29, 2012 9:00:05 AM

  3. GILES CHICHESTER. The name says it all. I'm guessing he has nothing in coming with over 99% of British people.

    Posted by: DanSwon | Mar 29, 2012 9:04:46 AM

  4. Nice to know all the right wing bigots aren't on this side of the Atlantic.

    Posted by: Charley | Mar 29, 2012 9:05:09 AM

  5. um i hate to talk semantics but if you are 'equal' that means you are the 'same' doesn't it ? If they have to really split hairs this way then they really are running out of political arguments....and yes the Right wing are the same the world over...ignorant self loathing and backwards.

    Posted by: paul | Mar 29, 2012 9:23:26 AM

  6. @HUNTER -- You nailed it! LOL

    Posted by: kit | Mar 29, 2012 9:49:44 AM

  7. By, "my gay friends" he means the closeted conservatives he knows who are terrified of being found out. "there is no majority within that minority in favor of trying to make same-sex unions or partnerships the same as traditional marriage."

    Obviously someone has been under a rock for the past 15 years.

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Mar 29, 2012 9:58:46 AM

  8. "A marriage is about a man and woman joined together for the procreation of children" - when are conservatives going to drop that argument. Just once I wish someone would throw back at them "So you think the elderly, the infertile, and couples who do not want children should not be allowed to get married?". I would like to see them try and answer.

    Posted by: KP | Mar 29, 2012 10:09:30 AM

  9. These are not true conservatives. True conservatives would leap at the opportunity to "offend" the muslim infiltrators in British society and drive them to self-deportation. What self respecting Muslim could live in a country that has legalized gay marriage? Kill two birds with one stone, Mister Chichester, silence the queers and deport the jihad... support gay rights.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Mar 29, 2012 12:39:51 PM

  10. "...a marriage is about a man and woman joined together for the procreation of children..."

    So a man and a woman who physically cannot produce children, or are past the age of child-bearing, should not be allowed to marry?

    Are there not marriages for the primary purpose of power, land, status, wealth, titles or alliances in the history of his country?

    Posted by: trees | Mar 29, 2012 12:54:13 PM

  11. "A marriage is about a man and woman joined together for the procreation of children"

    Sounds kind of utilitarian, no? I can see his point that things that are equal need not be the same. I wonder if it dawns on him that maybe his preferred union is, well, inferior.

    [Yes, I'm kidding, but for millennia, the male/female union was seen as necessary but quite inferior to relationships between men.]

    Posted by: BobN | Mar 29, 2012 1:08:39 PM

  12. I'm so sick of people saying marriage is about procreation. It's factually untrue, whether we look at marriages historically or at the present day.

    Heck, historically, the entire notion of marriage as described by these nuts falls apart... the vast majority of marriages 'back in the day' were by common law, with no priests involved whatsoever, and were just a couple of people moving in together, be it for love or security.

    Posted by: Ryan | Mar 29, 2012 1:59:27 PM

  13. The good news here is that the BBC ignored this. As did most print media. I have to read these stories here and on JMG. Our media refuses to follow this meme.

    Posted by: scotsyank | Mar 29, 2012 2:06:09 PM

  14. So much for the UK being "hip" and "laid back", huh?

    Posted by: Diana | Mar 29, 2012 11:44:00 PM

  15. What the right wing tories are afraid of is THEY will be able to have a gay marriage. There are endless stories of how so many of them like boys.

    Reminds me of a list of mostly all repubs who have been outed

    And the poPe who grew up in Germany who did the following in 2009


    Because this is what he learned growing up in Germany.

    Belonging or contributing to the catholic church is a ticket to the super-highway to hell.

    Posted by: Katie Murphy ex cath family | Mar 31, 2012 10:37:48 PM

  16. the toryies -t he good old boys who went to English boarding schools where no chicks are allowed.

    HE he he

    the ladies doth protest toooo much.

    Posted by: Katie Murphy | Aug 1, 2012 12:07:24 AM

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