Lord Tebbit used to be the Conservative party chairman (and he also used to be in Maggie Thatcher's cabinet). Anyway, he's got some colourful opinions on gay marriage. When Tebbit stood down from the Commons in 1992, he was succeeded by Iain Duncan Smith, who support gay marriage. See, Norman, you're making Iain Duncan Smith look progressive. The salient points that Mr Tebbit was making in a recent interview were these:
On gay marriage: “What? I
mean, steady on chaps. Let’s get a grip on reality. - Oh dear.
“I think that that springs partly from Coalition games that if you
give us reform of the House of Lords which makes sure that there’s
always a blocking minority of Liberals in the electoral system which we
shall devise, we will give you the re-drawing of the constituency
boundaries. And if you don’t, we won’t." - David Cameron has been broadly supportive for many years, so this seems like quite a strange conspiracy theory.
He questioned why there was not “more discussion about whether
it’s in the best interests of children that they should be brought up in
civil partnerships or so-called gay marriage and I think too little
attention has been paid to that”. - Numerous studies, and the head of Barnardo's, and common sense, have all shown that gay parents can make equally competent parents as straight people. Sorry, so-called straight people when they're being so-called parents.
He said: “When I get extremely irritated about it, I say: There is no
inequality. Any male can marry, barring the restrictions on
consanguinity, any female. Any female can marry any male. I’m terribly
sorry sir, you want to do something that I don’t wish to do. That’s your
problem, not my problem.” - When we get extremely irritated, we like to imagine we live in a country where we can marry whomever we choose, even if Lord Tebbit doesn't want to do it.He said: “Within the can of worms that Mr Cameron is determined to open
there are several nests of snakes. Why should a marriage be confined to
just two persons? What is the barrier to the marriage of sisters,
brothers or even parents and children?” - Oh bore off, you hysterical loon.