‘Gay marriage bill will lead to lesbian queens, fathers marrying sons’, Lord Tebbit says
'I quite fancy my brother!', top Conservative peer says England and Wales same-sex marriage bill could allow him to marry his son
Gays marrying will lead to a lesbian queen giving birth to a future monarch by artificial insemination, a former Tory chairman has warned.
Lord Tebbit, 82, also told the Big Issue magazine the legislation in England and Wales could also allow him to marry his son to escape inheritance tax.
The life peer, who said Downing Street has ‘fucked up’ by moving forward on the legislation, said he had challenged a minister about legalizing same-sex marriage at the same time as they ended the rule that a son has preference over a daughter when choosing the next monarch.
‘I said to a minister I know: have you thought this through? Because you’re doing the law of succession, too,’ Tebbit said.
‘When we have a queen who is a lesbian and she marries another lady and then decides she would like to have a child and someone donates sperm and she gives birth to a child, is that child heir to the throne?’
Tebbit, who has recently said he could understand why many people vote UKIP, had a Jeremy Irons moment when he said parents could marry their children as a way of avoiding inheritance tax.
He said: ‘It’s like one of my colleagues said: “We’ve got to make these same-sex marriages available to all.” It would lift my worries about inheritance tax because maybe I’d be allowed to marry my son.
‘Why not? Why shouldn’t a mother marry her daughter? Why shouldn’t two elderly sisters living together marry each other?’
According to The Times, he added: ‘I quite fancy my brother!’
In the Big Issue interview, he warned UKIP’s leader Nigel Farage would be ‘laughing all the way to the bank’ as a result of the Prime Minister’s determination to introduce marriage equality.
Back in 1998, Tebbit said gay people should be barred from being Home Secretary although he said society’s openness about homosexuality had ‘changed the circumstances’.
In 2004, he also opposed the British government granting gay people civil partnerships as well as the Gender Recognition Act.