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Tory MP: Conservative Gay Marriage Plans 'Barking Mad'

DaviddaviesWith David Cameron, Boris Johnson and other high-profile conservative leaders across the pond coming out for marriage equality, expect to hear and see plenty of dissension from party peers who stick to more traditional right-wing politics, particularly MP David TC Davies.

He's actually already started, saying this weekend that his fellow Tories' plan pushing for same-sex marriage are "barking mad."

"There is a political calculation here, at some level, that this is going to be good and if we go ahead with it David Cameron's going to be carried shoulder high back into number 10 by Stonewall activists, and it simply isn't going to happen," said Davies during an interview with BBC Radio Wales.

"What is going to happen is that we're going to lose a large number of very loyal activists who've gone out and campaigned for us over the years and who don't like this idea, so politically it's barking mad."

The most egregious of Davies odious remarks, however, was his assertion, most parents would prefer their children not to be gay."

I think most people are very tolerant and have no problem at all if people are gay but, and I hate to say this in a way because I expect it's going to cause controversy, but I think most parents would prefer their children not to be gay, knowing most parents want grandchildren if nothing else.

Despite his clear aggression toward gay people, Davies also claimed, "If there are any sort of areas where there isn't full equality with married couples then I'd be more than happy to support making changes to civic ceremonies…" How generous...

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  1. Civil marriage IS a civic ceremony. Sky-fairy matrimony shouldn't be. Take the legal out of superstitious marriage, and the problem is solved.

    Posted by: scotsyank | Dec 10, 2012 11:39:07 AM

  2. @ alexoloughlin : If it were to fail there, probably won't, David Cameron can invoke the Parliament Act and the bill becomes law.


    " His colleague, Mr Jackson, predicted the new laws will be defeated in the House of Lords as the Prime Minister will not be able to force through legislation.

    By convention, governments can only use the Parliament Act to overrule peers if the new law relates to a policy that was included in their election pledges. The Conservatives only pledged to "consider" it in their equality manifesto.

    Posted by: Randal Oulton | Dec 10, 2012 11:47:16 AM

  3. This is one instance where he sounds like a reasonable guy with an opinion. They MAY lose supporters over this, and most straight parents probably DON'T want their kids to be gay. Just sounds like facts to me.

    Posted by: Jim | Dec 10, 2012 12:16:57 PM

  4. He's right.

    It's not simply the grandchildren thing, I think that most parents feel protective of their children and don't want harm to come to them.

    Unless the LGBT can hide, that child will be in danger and no parent wants to see their child in danger and if he or she is LGBT, the world is a little less safer.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Dec 10, 2012 12:51:19 PM

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