Nigel Farage has fired back at claims that UKIP is anti-gay following the publication of its Christian manifesto.
In the manifesto, titled ‘Valuing Our Christian Heritage’, the party revealed it would offer legal protection to those who oppose same-sex marriage on religious grounds in the workplace, if it wins the 2015 general election.
The pledge followed the row over Christian bakery Ashers Baking Company in Northern Ireland, after it refused to make a cake featuring Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie arm-in-arm along with the slogan ‘Support Gay Marriage.’
During an appearance on the Andrew Marr show, Farage insisted that claims that UKIP are anti-gay are ‘rubbish’ and said that ‘all minoritiesdeserve respect’.
‘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,’ he added.