UKIP party face fresh allegation of anti-gay slurs - Philip Rose, a council candidate say gay sex is ‘sordid frightfulness’, while councillor Henry Reilly suggests a ‘militant gay lobby’ is trying to impose itself on Christian churches
Philip Rose, a UK councillor candidate says ‘gay folk’ are ‘being used by forces of evil’ to halt the UK Independence Party’s progress.
And Henry Reilly a Northern Ireland UKIP councillor warned that a well-financed, militant gay lobby is seeking to impose itself on Christian establishments.
A day after Gay Star News broke a story that John Sullivan, a UKIP council candidate, claimed exercise could prevent people becoming gay, it has been revealed that two other party members have used anti-gay comments on social networking sites.
‘Sure most Gay folk will realize they r [SIC] being used by forces of evil in attempt to upset UKIP progress’, tweeted Rose, who is hoping to be elected next week local to represent Ripley West and Heage ward in Derbyshire Council.
He also stated ‘UKIP is not concerned with Gayness’, while in an apparent reference to gay sex, he clarified that ‘sordid frightfulness is ok with consenting adults’.
Reilly, of the Newry and Mourne District Council in Northern Ireland said he agreed with Winston McKenzie, an unsuccessful UKIP MP candidate who said he objects to gay adoption as it is like throwing kids to the ‘dogs’.
He commented in a Facebook post where UKIP clarified that McKenzie does not represent the party’s views, and insisted that he supports these views nevertheless, and adding: ‘There are gay only establishments where hetrosexuals are not welcome, people should be allowed to operate a business as they see fit.’
He warned: ‘The militant gay lobby will do there [SIC] best to impose themselves on Christian churches if they get equal “marriage” rights just as they have with B&B’s [family run hotels] under their present civil partnership arrangements, this is not a civil rights issue similar to discrimination because of ones colour or religion which is repugnant and unacceptable, this is about a militant well financed movement trying to impose its will on those who do not accept what they see as a alternative life style.’
Gay Star News contacted UKIP and informed its spokesperson of these candidates’ anti-gay statements. UKIP was asked as to their stance regarding Rose, Reilly and Sullivan and if they intend to take any action against them.
UKIP was also asked to clarify its position on a number of issues regarding LGBT rights.
GSN has not received any reply to these questions.
UKIP has come under fire yesterday for its members expressing anti-gay and racist views.
However, the party has hit back and attacked the Conservative Party for what it called a ‘downright dirty’ smear campaign.
UKIP accuses the Tories of trawling through the Twitter and Facebook posts of UKIP’s 1,732 council candidates.
The allegations are particularly sensitive given the local council election are to be held across the country on 2 May.
Reacting to the allegation, Conservative cabinet member Ken Clarke said on SkyNews that UKIP has a ‘collection of clowns or indignant, angry people, who promise that somehow they will allow us to take your revenge on people who caused it.’
He also stated the party was packed with ‘fruitcakes and closet racists’.
Colin Cortbus, an anti-extremist campaigner and a Gay Star News reader commented on the news: ‘It appears that UKIP has a serious problem with homophobia’.