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Tories true colours showing on subject of same sex marriage

December 10, 2012 12:23 AM

This originally appeared as a blog piece here

The subject of same sex marriage is one which is causing a bit of upset within the Tory party. David Cameron has said he wants churches in England and Wales to be allowed to conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies, but this is not finding favour with some of his party's more hard line traditionalists.

The BBC reports today that Monmouth MP David Davies says the plans are 'barking mad.'

Tory MPs are to be allowed a free vote on the issue, but up to 130 of them are thought to be unhappy with the plans which obviously don't fit in with their ideas of just how society should conduct itself old chap.

Former Assembly member Mr Davies is apparently afraid that the party will lose support over the issue - which suggests that a lot of his supporters have the same somewhat bigoted attitude that he displays. It also raises the question of whether doing what is right comes before appeasing the party's supporters in the minds of some.

Mr Davies homophobic tendencies show through as he tells the BBC that

"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."

Maybe the Chair of Conservative Future who recently wrote about how proud he is of his party's position on LGBT issues ought to ask himself whether he is really in the right party.