A Tory councillor who compared gay marriage to marrying animals is to be allowed to return to the party and his position as a local councillor. We covered the story back in October, when James Malliff was suspended for tweeting:
“We may as well legalise marriage with animals, crude I concede but no apology”.
Yet local paper the Bucks Free Press reports that Malliff will return following an extended suspension:
“A SENIOR councillor has been officially “admonished” for a controverisal Tweet about gay marriage – but will be allowed back into the Conservative Party. Cllr James Malliff’s suspension from the party has been extended by one month – meaning he will have spent ten weeks in the political sin bin.”
It’s disappointing that someone with such views will be welcomed back into the Tory Party, but then again, they need to be consistent. After all Tory Mayor Boris Johnson wasn’t kicked out of the party for saying something very similar a few years ago, remarking:
“If gay marriage was OK – and I was uncertain on the issue – then I saw no reason in principle why a union should not be consecrated between three men, as well as two men; or indeed three men and a dog.”