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Plans to allow gay couples to marry or register their civil partnerships in church have been condemned as unChristian and unConservative by senior Tory MP,Edward Leigh.
The MP for Gainsborough, a former chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, stressed that he was not criticising the rights of homosexual couples to “get on with their lives”. But he continued: “This does not extend to mangling the language of marriage so that, for the sake of the tiny number of gay people who prefer marriage to civil partnership, everyone else in society must have the definition of their own marriage altered forever. I am astonished and disappointed that a Conservative Government, albeit a coalition one, has announced it is consulting on whether to do away with traditional marriage which has always been between a man and a woman. Once we have departed from the universally understood framework of marriage, there is no logical reason why the new alternative institution should be limited to two people. Why not three? Or thirty-three? Same-sex couples already have all the rights of marriage in the form of civil partnership. Why must they also have the language of marriage? No doubt because it is an important symbol to them. But it is also an important symbol to many other people. Must the religious and cultural heritage of the whole nation be overturned to suit the demands of a minority even of the gay community itself?”
COMMENT: Mr. Leigh is either rather dense or a bigot. If he really believes that gay people being allowed to marry will lead to thirty-three people insisting on getting married to each other, he is certainly dense. If he is just scare-mongering, then he is the nastiest of bigots, even by Conservative standards.
You see, the reason why gay people want to use the language of marriage is because they want traditional, two people, in sickness and in health, till death do us part marriage. For a heterosexual to claim that gay couples will have a different view of marriage to heterosexual couples is displaying both arrogance and a complete lack of human understanding. The last thing that gay people will do, should they ever be allowed to marry on exactly the same terms as heterosexuals, will be to undermine marriage by insisting on the allowance of the ridiculous. Because to do so would undermine their own marriages as much as anybody else's. I am absolutely certain that should the Association of Thirty Three Times Bigamists ever try to get their evil way, it will be the newly married gay couples who will be leading the campaign against such rot.
Mr. Leigh is, of course, not that stupid.
Mr Leigh is the closest thing to Sarah Palin in British politics.
He is even trying to get ripping foxes to shreds made legal again.