Former Archbishop of Canterbury will lead rally against UK government's same-sex marriage legislation during Conservative conference in Birmingham
The former Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, will reportedly launch a scathing attack on gay marriage at this week’s Conservative Party conference.
In an early draft of his speech seen by the Daily Mail, Lord Carey states that allowing same-sex marriage reforms could have ‘drastic’ consequences that ‘strike at the very fabric of society’.
The veteran homophobe alleges that David Cameron’s plans to push for gay marriages could even lead to polygymy becoming commonplace. He goes on to cite the apparent social breakdown same-sex marriages have caused in countries where similar laws have already been passed.
He writes: ‘We can be sure any move away from our traditional understanding of marriage is to put our society on a slippery slope where the unintended consequences could be shocking.
‘I note, for example, that on 28 August the BBC reported that a public notary in Sao Paulo has accepted a civil union between a man and two women.’
France comes under similar fire for recently changing ‘mother and father’ in their marriage legislation to ‘parents’, a term inclusive of same-sex unions.
However, Carey is not alone in his views. According to a poll of grassroot Tory members which ran prior to the annual conference, 71% of Conservative constituency chairmen thought the policy to redefine the legal terminology of marriage should be abandoned outright. While 47% believe that the Prime Minister’s plans are costing the party members.
The Coalition for Marriage Poll revealed that a little over 7 out of 10 Tory chairmen believed that Cameron’s stance on gay marriage has damaged his already shaky standing as the party leader.
Carey will lead a rally of almost 1,000 Conservatives against same-sex marriage at lunchtime today (8 October) in Birmingham.
Rally speakers include Lord Carey and Anne Widdecombe, with the backing of David Davis MP.
However, veteran gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has blasted Lord Carey and his supporters.
‘Many of these people opposed the gay law reforms of the last decade and now they want to block marriage equality too. They’re intolerant and out of touch,’ Tatchell claims.
‘Staging a rally in support of anti-gay discrimination reawakens fears that the Conservatives are still the nasty party. It’s a PR disaster that undermines David Cameron’s efforts to rebrand the Tories as modern, inclusive and compassionate.
‘If the rally organizers truly do believe in love and marriage, they should welcome the fact that gay couples love each other and want to get married.’
The Conservative Party conference will run in the UK city of Birmingham until Wednesday (10 October).