Monday , 20 January 2020

Nigel Farage: people of faith have a right to “disapprove of gay lifestyle”

Nigel Farage
Nigel Farage

The leader of UKIP, Nigel Farage, said that people of faith should be protected by law to hold their “reasonable” position of disapproving of “gay lifestyle,” on the BBC.

Farage defended the “conscience clause” in the party’s Christian manifesto which states: “UKIP opposed same-sex marriage legislation because it impinged upon the beliefs of millions of people of faith.

“We will not repeal the legislation, as it would be grossly unfair and unethical to ‘un-marry’ loving couples or restrict further marriages, but we will not require churches to marry same-sex couples.

“We will also extend the legal concept of ‘reasonable accommodation’ to give protection in law to those expressing a religious conscience in the workplace on this issue.”

Farage was asked on the Andrew Marr show to explain what the “reasonable accommodation” meant.

To which he stated: “Let’s be clear, we have an active and growing LGBT group within UKIP, lots of gay candidates standing for us in these elections.

“There has been another establishment attempt to paint UKIP as anti-gay. That is rubbish.

“What we’re saying is that all minorities deserve respect, and gay people deserve their rights.

“But also Christians, and Muslims for that matter, should be able to hold the reasonable position that they don’t approve of some lifestyles.

Andrew Marr then pressed for clarification, asking: “If I’m running a B&B, and I don’t approve of gay people, can I say ‘I’m terribly sorry but you can’t come in?’” to which Farage replied: “Well that would be open prejudice.”

When Farage was pressed to give an example of an application of the UKIP conscience clause he answered: “No, I’m not going to”, and then said talking about “one tiddly piece of our manifesto” was distracting from the real issues.”

David Coburn, chair of UKIP Scotland and MEP defended Farage tweeting at KaleidoScot:

And adding:

Farage previously called for HIV positive people and murderers to be banned from migrating to Britain as a “good start” in “controlling the quality of people who come” to the UK.

About Dan Littauer

Dan Littauer is a journalist who specializes in LGBTI current affairs, travel writing, feature writing and investigative journalism. He is a correspondent for LGBTQ Nation, ManAboutWorld, and previously worked for Gay Star News, PinkNews, San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, Gay Middle East, Lonely Planet as well as contributing occasionally to the BBC, Al-Jazeera, CNN and The Guardian. He also had an extensive career outside journalism, which included teaching psychoanalysis and social science, and consultancy work for the travel market. When he is not busy writing, he can be spotted rambling around the stunning Scottish landscape, where he lives, spending time at home with his cat.

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  1. Robert Canning

    Farage: "We will not repeal the legislation, as it would be grossly unfair and unethical to ‘un-marry’ loving couples or restrict further marriages".

    If it would be unfair and unethical to prevent further same-sex marriages NOW, how could it have been right to oppose them previously? If you think an act is wrong and harmful, you can't logically cease to oppose it just because some people have already done it. Farage's statement is a tacit admission that same-sex marriage will have no ill effects on society at all.

  2. Lesley Stafford

    People of faith do have a right to disapprove of a "gay lifestyle"; we can't change that. Ever! I have a right to call anyone who disapproves of someone else, because the are gay, a narrow-minded bigot, even if they have faith or not. I don't have a right to withhold goods or services because of my opinion, I don't expect the law to withhold equal rights and treatment because of my opinion. I don't have a right to discriminate because I hold these views. NEITHER DO THEY!

  3. Where's my right to refuse people of faith access to my shop or my restaurant? Straight marriage is an offence to my way of life and I shouldn't be forced to have to accept it!

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