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UK: New Poll Shows Conservative Opposition to Marriage Equality Dropping

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

titleA new YouGov poll shows that only a bare majority of the country’s most conservative voters now oppose marriage equality.

Pink News reports:

A YouGov survey into the views of supporters of political parties uncovered data suggesting that people who vote for UKIP are increasingly at odds with some of the party’s right-wing members. The data found that just 51 percent of the party’s supporters remain opposed to equal marriage – with 39 percent now in favour. Same-sex marriage has the support of the majority in all other parties, however, with 77 percent of Lib Dems, 68 percent of Labour voters and 53 percent of Conservatives in favour. Marriage equality is opposed by 35 percent of Tories, 21 percent of Labour supporters, and just 14 percent of Liberal Democrats.

Marriage equality came to England and Wales, and the sky didn’t fall. That tends to take a lot of the wind out of the opposition’s sails.

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UK: UKIP Party Will Not Try to Abolish Marriage Equality

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Nigel Farage - UKIPThe leader of one of the UK’s newest (and generally anti-gay) parties, the UKIP, said that the party will not try to overturn the new marriage equality law.

Pink News reports:

In January, we invited PinkNews readers to submit their questions to UKIP leader Nigel Farage. The overwhelming subject mentioned was whether he would abolish same-sex marriage. Replying “no”, Mr Farage pointed towards the possible implementation of something similar to the French system which requires a civil ceremony with the option of a religious one afterwards…

If UKIP won a general election, would it seek to overturn the marriages of the tens of thousands of same-sex couples who will be married by May 2015. (Asked by many readers): “No.”

The UKIP has been embroiled in a series of anti gay episodes, including a member who claimed that gay marriage causd massive flooding on the country.

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UK: A Few More Marriage Equality Updates

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

UK Prime Minister David CameronAfter yesterday’sPassage of the marriage equality bill in United Kingdom, we have a few more updates for you.

First off, UK Prime Minister David Cameron appears to have spent quite a lot of political capital to get the bill passed. Queerty reports:

“It’s a perfect political storm. It couldn’t have come at a worse time for Cameron,” Iain Dale, a prominent gay radio presenter and conservative blogger, told Reuters. Cameron is attempting to moderate his party’s intolerant image, but as the marriage equality vote shows, a lot of his party is perfectly happy to be intolerant. The party’s right wingers are furious at reports that one of Cameron’s aides described them as “mad, swivel-eyed loons,” which proves once again that no one beats the British at political invective.

Meanwhile the UKIP, a right-wing political party that is part of the reason conservatives are so freaked out about marriage equality support, made their own news today on gays and marriage equality. Pink News reports:

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage says he will not expel UKIP members for voicing “old-fashioned” views about homosexuality, including those who describe it as “disgusting”.

Mr Farage told BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine Show: “That is an old-fashioned view that you would hear in private bridge clubs and golf clubs and probably British Legion clubs up and down the length and breadth of the country. “If you are suggesting that we should become so politically correct that we should kick out anyone who holds a slightly old-fashioned view, frankly that would be the death of debate in politics in Britain.”

So the UKIP is perfectly happy being the party of anti-gay bigotry.

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Seriously? Marriage Equality Opponents Sound Off – 4/29/13

Monday, April 29th, 2013

UKIP LogoWe’ve got a couple new ones for you today. First off, from the UK, a couple more homophobes in the UKIP party. Gay Star News reports:

‘Sure most Gay folk will realize they r [SIC] being used by forces of evil in attempt to upset UKIP progress’, tweeted Rose, who is hoping to be elected next week local to represent Ripley West and Heage ward in Derbyshire Council. He also stated ‘UKIP is not concerned with Gayness’, while in an apparent reference to gay sex, he clarified that ‘sordid frightfulness is ok with consenting adults’. Reilly, of the Newry and Mourne District Council in Northern Ireland said he agreed with Winston McKenzie, an unsuccessful UKIP MP candidate who said he objects to gay adoption as it is like throwing kids to the ‘dogs’.

Just to recap, gays are dogs being used by the forces of evil to trip up the UKIP. Got it.

In further UKIP news, the party sent out a flyer that appears to be both homophobic and biphobic Pink news reports:

Seeking to promote UK Independence Party (UKIP) candidate David Nixon for the Staffordshire ward of Stone Rural in Thursday’s local elections, the leaflet, which was sent to PinkNews by a reader, lists several factually incorrect statements by the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child (SPUC), an anti-abortion lobby group which is opposed to equal marriage. The statements include: “Explicit sex education is occurring in our children’s schools. When the ‘Gay Marriage Bill’ becomes law, explicit ‘Homosexual Sex Education’ will have to be taught to keep schools within the law of the 2010 Equality Bill.” The leaflet illustrated a cartoon of a young boy holding a placard which said: “Rights for Bi-Sexuals We demand the right to marry With (at least) one man and one woman.”

In all of the marriage equality rallies I’ve been to and all the ones I’ve seen online, I have never, ever, seen a sign that said that we wanted the right to marry “at least” one man and one woman. They are so obsessed with polygamy. Makes you wonder…

Pink News also reports that the UKIP party leaders have condemned the flyer. So that’s something.

Finally, Joe.My.God reports on free Republic founder Jim Robinson’s rants about Pres. Obama, the Democrats, and homosexuality:

“When your godless Marxist president and his thuggish fascist cabinet officers and his entire godless liberty-hating socialist democrat party and sicko sycophant complicit leftist mainstream media and the god-hating, constitution-twisting black-robed socialist liberal activist judges continue conspiring to promote homosexualism and perversion as not only normal but a healthy, wholesome, desirable activity and way of life and then force it into the curriculum of even our youngest school children, that is tyranny! “When your constitution-loathing, Liberty-hating Marxist president and his constitution-loathing fascist cabinet thugs declare that the president can pick and choose which laws to enforce and which he can ignore, that is tyranny! And we the liberty-loving American citizens, my friends, are armed to the teeth and we will remain armed to the teeth and we will remain vigilant and ready. Coiled like a rattlesnake and ready to strike. DON’T TREAD ON ME!!”

And yes, he looks exactly like you’d expect them to look – a mustached white heavyset redneck in a baseball cap. Joe points out helpfully that Mr. Robinson writes his antigovernment rants from his own government supplied wheelchair.

“Keep your government hands off my Medicare.” Typical.

UK: Youth Chair of UK Independence Party Fired for Supporting Marriage Equality

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

UK: Youth Chair of UK Independence Party Fired for Supporting Marriage EqualityThe chairman of the Young Independents, a wing of the UKIP party, was fired after revealing his support for marriage equality.

Olly Neville, 20, took to Twitter late on 8 January claiming party authorities ‘insulted his intelligence’ on gay marriage.

The former leader then posted two screengrabs of emails from Stephen Crowther, chairman of the UK Independence Party, condemning him for his comments he made during an interview with the BBC on New Year’s Eve.

Authored By Joe Morgan – See the Full Story at Gay Star News

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