Conservatives rally against gay marriage

Still the ‘nasty’ party?

Hardliners urge discrimination in marriage law

London – 8 October 2012

Nearly a thousand Conservatives will attend a rally against same-sex marriage at lunchtime today in Birmingham. It coincides with the Tory party conference and news that 7 out of 10 local Conservative constituency party chairmen want David Cameron to drop plans to extend marriage to same-sex couples.

Rally speakers include Lord Carey and Anne Widdecombe, with the backing of David Davis MP.

“Many of these people opposed the gay law reforms of the last decade and now they want to block marriage equality too. They’re intolerant and out of touch,” said Peter Tatchell, coordinator of the Equal Love campaign and Director of the human rights organisation, The Peter Tatchell Foundation.

“Staging a rally in support of anti-gay discrimination reawakens fears that the Conservatives are still the nasty party. It’s a PR disaster that undermines David Cameron’s efforts to rebrand the Tories as modern, inclusive and compassionate.

“If the rally organisers truly do believe in love and marriage, they should welcome the fact that gay couples love each other and want to get married.

“According to the YouGov poll in June 2012, 71% of the public and 58% of religious people believe that same-sex couples should be permitted to get married in register offices. 70% of the public also support religious institutions being allowed to conduct same-sex marriages if they wish to do so,” said Mr Tatchell.

See the YouGov poll result in full: