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Lib Dem Deputy Leader Simon Hughes criticises the Government over same-sex marriage plans

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  1. He really is a hateful self loathing man who would still be in the closet had he not been outed.

    1. Ian Bower 5 Feb 2013, 5:25pm

      Indeed.

  2. That There Other David 5 Feb 2013, 5:31pm

    There is no room for consensus with people who wish us back in the closet.

  3. He’s still in the closet. Bi-sexual, my arse.

  4. Proceed slowly is all this guy does – he nearly got me and my partner killed when we went to him for help without any result (other tha nsome pussy letter his PA sent) at getting us out of his neighbourhood being victimised by homophobic nigerians. Police came to the rescue not him,

  5. Robert in S. Kensington 5 Feb 2013, 5:50pm

    How much clearer can it get for this imbecile. Religious safefuards and protections have already been sorted if he bothered to look at the bill and what the ECHR has already said regarding equal marriage. Clegg should have a reshuffle and kick this moron out along with John Pugh.

  6. He’s very confused. And it’s scary that he’s in parliament.

  7. This man is, and has always been, a self-serving, weak-minded sanctimonious disgrace. never forget his vile homophobic by-election campaign which saw him beat Peter Tatchell by pandering to bigotry. Born during an earlier period he’d have argued to delay votes for women and the abolition of slavery for a quick headline. I really do not want him to be gay.

  8. Robert (Kettering) 5 Feb 2013, 6:01pm

    Of course this old queen is taking orders from the C of E which I know he’s a member of. Just another self loathing Gay man trying to deny us our rights.

  9. Samuel B. 5 Feb 2013, 6:10pm

    As a nation we’re still moving progressively towards an age of equal rights for all regardless of gender, sexuality or creed.

    That still involves, as Hughes describes, a gradual process in which the issues are fairly and fully debated in order for the push for equal marriage to be convincingly won as opposed to being bulldozed through in a panic-stricken agenda that appears to be globally led.

    Yes, more than half the UK population are in favour of equal marriage rights, but the statistic the gay lobby conveniently ignores – as revealed by YouGov’s latest poll – is that 90% of those in favour don’t consider equal marriage the most important issue facing the country right now.

    There’s also a sense that many MPs and celebs supporting the bill are merely posturing, keen to be seen on the latest trendy bandwagon when they’ve never voiced their support for gays before.

    The battle would gain far more credibility and be won far more convincingly if allowed to be fought organically.

    1. That There Other David 5 Feb 2013, 6:30pm

      There’s that “it’s not important” argument again….

      Government, Samuel, is made up of many departments. It can do many things at once. This is just one bill amongst many currently heading through the Commons. However, some actually seem to think that this issue has paralysed the entire bureaucracy until it’s resolved!!

      Watch BBC Parliament occasionally. They talk and vote about all sorts of stuff. Most people might say that those debates are also not important “right now”, but Parliament is having them anyway, because that’s what Parliament is there for!!! Meanwhile, the economy is still being worked on, trade missions are still being organised to bring jobs to these shores, and our military is still able to carry out international missions where needed.

    2. Tim Hopkins 5 Feb 2013, 7:46pm

      I don’t understand what “organically” means. What you’re seeing is how politics at Westminster works. 8 of the 10 countries surrounding the UK already have equal marriage, and a 9th, France, is further ahead in the Parliamentary process than Westminster is. In the 10th neighbour, Ireland, a constitutional convention is looking at the issue now.

      It would be a great shame if the UK was actually the last one of all our neighbours, to bring in this simple equality measure – it’s bad enough being 10th out of 11 (especially in the light of the conceit that the UK leads on equality and fairness!)

  10. What a spineless twat! Although its pointless getting too upset , the lindens are history at the next electon …..

  11. vversatile 5 Feb 2013, 6:20pm

    Simon – I’m usually hugely supportive of you. But you’re completely wrong to try and slow this the process of equality and all you are doing is muddying the waters.

  12. He long ago lost any shred of credibility. His trumped up “concern” for religious freedoms is a red herring. The cheek that he calls himself a liberal – although when he claims to be an evangelical Protestant it kind explains his illiberal nonsense.

    (PS, why has Pink News discarded the British-English spelling of ‘programme’?. For the past few weeks all I’ve seen is the American-English ‘program’. I don’t approve!)

  13. Suddenly Last Bummer 5 Feb 2013, 6:42pm

    LOLZ. The Lib Dems are the biggest letdown since Betamax. Anyone who voted for these gimps in the last election should cringe.

  14. Ridiculous, spiteful, self-loathing closet case.

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