In September last year, a LGBTQ in UKIP group was officially permitted by UKIP’s National Executive Committee. The group’s first major event was due to take place at UKIP’s National Conference on 21st-22nd September, 2012, in Birmingham. Thomas Booker, founder-chairman of the LGBTQ group was expected take part in a fringe event debate, arguing the case for “equal” civil marriage.
Much is made of UKIP’s opposition to homosexual marriage (although the Party supports civil partnerships, and the legalising of those “partnerships” has led to the clamour for same-sex “marriage.)
However, the following quote from the afore-mentioned Mr. Booker will surely raise some eyebrows!
“As the Party has not made any statement in the light of the vote for same-sex marriage, it is clear to me that the Party’s policy on same-sex marriage (SSM) was mainly a way to express some of the concerns regarding rulings on religious institutions from the ECHR that it (rightly or wrongly) had and to open up the debate as to whether marriage should be a civil institution. A Party that is opposed wholly in principle to the idea of SSM would have, by now, produced a statement arguing that they would campaign to repeal the newly-assented law, and I am delighted to say that UKIP have done no such thing – it seems that they have accepted that the law has passed, and does not see it fit that such a law should be repealed. This would mean their policy was not created out of a “principle” to deny same sex couples from civil equality, but rather to raise some important questions about legal safeguards and the jurisdiction of Parliament that other Parties were not addressing.” end of quote
Another point worthy of note is that UKIP is not against homosexual adoption per se. Here is a quote from a statement from David Coburn, UKIP Chairman, speaking in November, 2012,
“UKIP is a libertarian party, we are categorically not against gay adoption: what we do have a problem with is that Catholic adoption agencies have been banned for opposing gay adoption.” end of quote
In conclusion, we wish to make it clear that we are not members of UKIP and, in light of the above (and we could have highlighted additional troubling matters,) we would not advise anyone to join it!