Prime Minister David Cameron’s plan to introduce gay marriage has caused a division in the Conservative party, with more than 100 Tory MPs expected to vote against the Bill including David Davies who has been accused of homophobia.
Davies, the Tory MP for for Monmouth in South Wales, told BBC Radio Wales that most parents “would prefer their children not be gay”, going on to show his support for equal legal rights for civic ceremonies, but not wanting to alter marriage itself, saying:
“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, so I really don’t know why we need to go ahead with this at all…What I’m concerned about is what we were originally given a consultation on, and that is having gay marriage recognised by law which opens to door to all churches being forced to do that…It changes the way that sex education is going to be taught in schools [and]it’s going to have an impact on teachers and I think it goes against what a lot of people feel very strongly about, particularly within the Conservative Party.”
He qualified his statement about parents not wanting gay offspring, noting most parents desire for grandchildren, but aiding his argument little he claimed on Twitter that he wasn’t homophobic as he “once fought a gay boxer”.
Once fought gay boxer. Respect & like.trained with after bout so not bigoted. actvists calm down- listen to other views http://t.co/dKDRu14M
— David Davies (@davidtcdavies) December 9, 2012