Tory MP compares same sex marriage to polygamy (not once, but twice) and incest

December 12, 2012 10:25 am

As has been noted on LabourList before, Hendon MP Matthew Offord has some rather strident views on equal marriage. And yet he’s somehow managed to surpass himself this week by comparing it to polygamy – not once, but twice. Here’s the first time, in the Commons (via the BarnetBugle blog):

And here’s the second reference, in the Barnet Press. Not content with polygamy alone, Offord has also raised the spectre of incestuous marriages…stay classy Matthew:

“Why is the government saying there should be same sex marriages? Why should it not also be blood relatives? Why should it not also be polygamists? It seems they are rushing this forward and they have not thought out what the consequences are going to be.”

Unsurprisingly, this brought a robust and firm response from Labour London Assembly member Tom Copley:

“Matthew Offord’s comments comparing same-sex marriage to polygamy and incest are utterly disgusting and worthy of a playground bully, not a Member of Parliament. Mr Offord should reflect on the views of his constituents, including those in same-sex relationships. Comparing a loving union between people of the same sex to incest is completely contemptible and only serves to demonstrate how out of touch Mr Offord is.”

Spot on Tom.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Graeme-Hancocks/1156294498 Graeme Hancocks

    These people. Where do they dig them up?!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jim.crowder2 Jim Crowder

    So where’s the quote to match the headline? There’s a lot of re-interpretation in this article, and I think you might find similar comments within the Labour Party. It isn’t making a comparison, just pointing out the narrow minded lobbying to change marriage.

    If we are to change the whole meaning and legal status of marriage, why not look at the wider issues? Should religion be involved at all? What are the benefits and disadvantages to the state for the proposals and why not polygamy?

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