A UKIP councilor who blamed recent flooding on gay marriage has been expelled from the party, it emerged minutes ago.
Town councilor David Silvester, from Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, was suspended by the party on 19 January.
The UKIP politician, who left the Conservative party over their plan to introduce same-sex marriage, made his comments in a letter to his local paper the Henley Standard.
‘The scriptures make it abundantly clear that a Christian nation that abandons its faith and acts contrary to the Gospel (and in naked breach of a coronation oath) will be beset by natural disasters such as storms, disease, pestilence and war,’ Silvester said.
'I wrote to David Cameron in April 2012 to warn him that disasters would accompany the passage of his same-sex marriage bill. But he went ahead despite a 600,000-signature petition by concerned Christians and more than half of his own parliamentary party saying that he should not do so.'
An online petition demanding Mr Silvester's resignation had attracted more than 24,000 signatures.
He refused, saying he would not resign as 'God wants all gay men to repent and be healed'.
His local authority said it was powerless to force him to step down, despite a number of complaints.
The online petition also asked UKIP to suspend him permanently.
As well as the online petition, a campaign was started to get Weather Girls' It's Raining Men to the top of the UK charts. It reached number 31.
Henley-on-Thames Town Council will hold a meeting later to discuss the fallout around his comments.