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.

Comments

  1. paul says

    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.

  2. Michaelandfred says

    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.

  3. KP says

    “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.

  4. David Hearne says

    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.

  5. says

    “…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?

  6. BobN says

    “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.]

  7. says

    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.

  8. scotsyank says

    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.

  9. Katie Murphy ex cath family says

    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
    http://www.ranker.com/list/top-10-anti-gay-activists-caught-being-gay/joanne

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

    http://articles.cnn.com/2009-01-26/world/pope.holocaust.denial_1_bishop-richard-williamson-bishop-bernard-fellay-holocaust-denier?_s=PM:WORLD

    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.

  10. Katie Murphy says

    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.

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