Equal marriage supporters have been branded “equality Nazis”, by David Coburn, Scotland’s UKIP Member of the European Parliament (MEP), in an interview with the Huffington Post, UK on Thursday.
He said LGBTI equality supporters successfully campaigned for marriage equality that only matters to “some queen who wants to dress up in a bridal frock and dance up the aisle to the Village People.”
In addition he mocked the Scottish National Party (SNP) incoming leader, Nicola Sturgeon for her “mad scary eyes” and compared out lesbian Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson to porridge
In an wide-ranging interview with the Huffington Post UK, Coburn, who is an out gay man, said that same-sex marriage, which passed into law last year, was “false bollocks” that “makes a mockery of the holy sacrament of marriage”.
“What you’re doing with the gay marriage issue is you’re rubbing people’s noses in the dirt. Everyone had agreed and been quite happy with the idea of civil partnership, it was all bedded in and people were happy with it, they got used to the idea,” he said.
“But when you go across the road to pick a fight with someone of faith, that’s not got anything to do with it, that’s the equality Nazis trying to give Christianity a jolly good kicking. You know it, I know it, we all know it – it’s false bollocks, the lot of it.”
Cobrun who has been in a same-sex relationship for over 30 years said the efforts of the “militant equality lobby” to pass marriage equality into law sparked more homophobia.
“For one word, ‘marriage’, it doesn’t mean that much,” he lamented. “It’s just for some queen who wants to dress up in a bridal frock and in a big moustache and dance up the aisle to the Village People, quite frankly if that’s the cost of upsetting a hell of a lot of people, then I don’t think it’s a price worth paying.
The UKIP MEP accused gay rights activists of wanting to “airbrush history”, adding: “They want history changed. They don’t want history to be as it is. They think we’re all liberal minded, as if Oscar Wilde didn’t go to jail, he went on a holiday! This is getting towards Comrade Stalin.”
Coburn said that not all gay people are “raving communists” and “quite a lot” are opposed to gay marriage. “Now it’s happened, it’s happened – not much we can do about it,” he added. “Is it wise to go around upsetting people?”
He accused the BBC of going “a bit far” in its efforts to represent gay people on television. “There’s not a single programme on telly that doesn’t have someone doing something homosexual to someone else,” he said. “It becomes a joke. All the gays are laughing about it.”
He said he supports civil partnerships and argued that same-sex adoption can be “good” if the couple “seem morally upstanding and decent and can give a good home to a child”.
He also backed the repeal of the “totally crazy” Section 28, which banned the promotion of homosexuality in schools. “It didn’t help at all, it was a stupid thing to do in the first place,” he said.
The UKIP MEP, who described himself as “spectacularly homosexual” and a “great big screaming poof”, admitted that LGBTI rights groups like the charity Stonewall were likely to “explode with outrage” in response to his remarks.
He added: “They explode about everything. They are professional bombs that are primed to go off. They are people looking for something to be upset about.”
When the HuffPost UK asked Coburn what he thought of UKIP’s potential new recruit Alan Craig, the controversial ex-Christian party leader who was nominated by Stonewall as “Bigot of the Year” after dubbing gay rights activists the ‘gaystapo’. “I’m surprised they haven’t nominated me quite frankly,” he quipped.
The UKIP MEP revealed that Stonewall had “very kindly” invited him to meet for lunch as “they understand that we may well be the government of the country in six months”.
Asked if he thought the charity wanted to “butter him up”, Coburn replied: “I’m sure they do, or take me to leather bars and give me lots of drinks”.
Coburn insisted that UKIP was a “gay-friendly” party and that he had never felt “uncomfortable” about any controversial statements made by his party colleagues about LGBTI people.
Earlier this month, Coburn was overheard calling the Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, a “fat lesbian”, which he denied in the interview.
However he said Davidson was “rather boring”, adding: “She could have been a ten pound gorilla or a rhinoceros, and they [the Tories] would still have clapped her [at the Tory conference]. She’s the only thing they’ve got.” Asked what word would best summarise her, Coburn chose “porridge”.
During the interview he also criticised the Nicola Sturgeon of the SNP and her “mad scary eyes”.
“She just talks at you. They all do that. They [the SNP] get people in a padded cell down to the basement in the SNP headquarters and beat the crap out of you until you get the blurb right,” he said.
His dismissed her bid to keep Scotland and the rest of the UK within the European Union.
Reacting to the news, Tim Hopkins of the Equality Network told KaleidoScot: “People who compare those they disagree with to Nazis are usually demonstrating the intellectual bankruptcy of their position. David Coburn’s truly nasty comments about couples who are currently preparing and looking forward to their same-sex marriages are beneath contempt.”
While Colin Macfarlane, Director, Stonewall Scotland stated to KaleidoScot: “The thousands of people, gay and straight, of faith and of none who campaigned in Scotland for equal marriage will read these words and wonder what planet David Coburn is living on.
“His views are not the views of the overwhelming majority of Scots who supported equal marriage. It’s a shame that even if he doesn’t believe in equal marriage personally, he doesn’t see the fact that from 31st December LGBT people in Scotland will enjoy, for the first time, the same full rights as their straight friends and family as a cause for celebration.”