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Tory MP David Burrowes: ‘The same-sex marriage bill resembles the shark in Jaws’

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  1. Chester666666 13 May 2013, 12:00pm

    if you don’t want it returning then sign it into law ASAP

    1. Not a very good analogy for him to choose as the shark in Jaws was just doing what comes naturally to sharks.

      It wasn’t evil, it wasn’t immoral, it wasn’t wrong.

      It was the humans invading the shark’s territory that put them at risk.

      So just let gay people get on with their own lives and butt out of their space and you won’t have a problem.

  2. Hysterical babbling crap from the mouth of a knuckle-dragging moron, with little to no connection with the real world or facts or common sense.

    In short – Nothing to see here, just another boneheaded Tory backbencher pandering to the Daily Heil reading bigoted fascist-minded filth who vote for him

    1. Tara Hewitt 13 May 2013, 12:24pm

      He is of course ignorant and wrong beyond belief and his tone is one of hostility not simply debate. However claiming Tory voters are fascist minded filth is equally ignorant and as a Tory myself who works tirelesly on diversity issues im sick of seeing such generalised comments.

      1. theotherone 13 May 2013, 12:26pm

        perhaps they meant the people who voted for this fool?

      2. Julian Morrison 13 May 2013, 12:34pm

        If you identify as a Tory, you’re going to pick up the opprobrium that Tories, in general, richly deserve. It’s your job to set your own house to rights, not ours to make exceptions for the rare few.

      3. Of course the Tory Quislings are more invested in attacking critics of their bigots than they are in fighting the bigots in their party and hiding the fact that over half of their party doesn’t think we’re due the rights of full citizens

      4. And nothing he says is a total pander then? So it’s just idiotic mental incontinence. You go ahead and you have the guts to choose and tell us what he ACTUALLY means saying this? Is he stupid? Or is it a pander. One or the other, make your bloody mind up.

        And have you SEEN the damned Daily Mail on this subject? Shall we pretend that scum doesn’t vote blue? Are you really that delusional?

        1. ..and that’s how damned annoyed this junk makes me…typo in my own name.

      5. Don’t tell us Tara, tell him.

        1. Don’t be silly, qusilings don’t battle bigotry! They’re too busy scolding GBLT people who aren’t nice enough to the bigots

          1. Indeed. Thank Goddess we have a Labour Government. We’d never see a Tory Cabinet encouraging same-sex marriage.

  3. The thing is David, when you have several readings of a bill, that’s what’s called the democratic process. It’s the thing you were kind of elected to take part in, your “job”.

  4. PN: “Mr Burrowes remains unconvinced by Culture Secretary and Minister for Equalities, Maria Miller, who has repeatedly said the bill protects religious freedoms.”

    What about the religious freedom of religions which support marriage equality?

    1. Oddly enough, no one seems to care about them. The only religious freedoms that anyone seems keen to protect are those that involve bigotry and maintaining religious privilege. Funny, that.

  5. Crybaby — his amendments to gut the bill didn’t get adopted, so now he’s all cranky.

    You know, in a democracy, you don’t always get your way. That’s just the way it is.

  6. Issues related to human rights should never be decided by referendum. That is a fundamental rule. It would be better to call referendums on issues such as tax increases or budget cuts.

    1. So would Christian MPs vote to allow Civil Registrars the right to refuse to perform interracial marriages or refuse to marry divorcees or people of mixed religion? If one is to be allowed then the others must be allowed too. And if Registrars have the right to act out their prejudices then what about other public sector employees such as the police in Northern Ireland who until a few years ago were able to ignore the bedded of Roman Catholics.

      What about teachers being allowed to refuse to teach children who wear the veil or clergy being allowed to remain openly in the BNP, as they were until a few years ago. If a person chooses to work in the public sector they are obliged to follow the law as is, not opt out as law evolves. Had the latter prevailed then the Race Relations Act would never have changed anything.

      These proposals seek to undermine the rights & freedoms of others whilst affording special rights to Christians.

      1. “bedded” should read as RIGHTS

      2. “These proposals seek to undermine the rights & freedoms of others whilst affording special rights to Christians.”

        Indeed – and that’s precisely what so many of these ‘christians’ want. They’re special, you see.

  7. essexgirlbecky 13 May 2013, 12:33pm

    Equal marriage is like the shark in Jaws? Why do we bother dignifying this rubbish with intelligent debate? I don’t think I’ll bother.

    What a t@sser!

  8. Am I the only one wanting to follow Tory MPs around changing the Jaws theme now?

  9. And Mr Burrowes resembles an unreformed 1970s homophobe.

  10. Jock S. Trap 13 May 2013, 12:42pm

    Prehaps Mr Burrowes needs to be reminded that we live in a democracy, not a religion dictatorship.

    Being that he is in a minority in the House of Commons on the ‘same-sex’ marriage bill, prehaps he needs to find another job if he cannot handle decent, non-discriminatory debate. Esp in debate where the majority rule NOT his minority.

    Stop being a bad loser… Stop being a loser, period and do what what ‘We’ your bosses demand of you. If not then resign.

    1. Jock S. Trap 13 May 2013, 12:46pm

      I also take issue and demand an explanation to what he means by “infest”

      Surely blatant homophobic language we should not expect from any MP, I don’t care what party they belong.

  11. We’ve seen what is happening in Russia with regard to the state getting involved in gay and lesbian people’s lives. Increased homophobia and violent and sometimes fatal attacks on gay people. A referendum on any gay issue in the UK can only end in increased homophobia here. Why should there by a referendum on gay people’s right to get married? Would the government have referenda on black people’s rights? On jews rights? On women’s rights. David Burrowes is just a pathetic homophobe!

  12. He needs to get out more. Seriously.

    1. He just needs to get out! Of Parliament. Democracy is obviously not his strong point.
      Maybe he could follow Gerard Depardieu to Russia. I’m sure Vladimir Putin would find a cosy seat for him in the Duma. His views would go down well there.

  13. Robert in S. Kensington 13 May 2013, 1:09pm

    Burrowes made a laughing stock of himself during the Committee Hearings as did Loughton and Shannon. The absurd amendments giving special exemptions to religious loons in the public domain were overwhelmingly shot down by a vote of 15-4 and still they’re not satisfied with the quadruple lock knowing that the ECHR would never encroach on any cult to compel them to recognise let alone perform a same-sex marriage. There hasn’t been one case in the EU where equal marriage is legal, not one. Were any sued because they refused to marry a divorced couple? Of course not!

    The bill in its current form is explicit in what and who is protected, doesn’t get any clearer. But no, these loons want everything their way including a total ban on religious cults that wish to participate if they could get away with it.

    They’re all homophobes and they can bang on about having gay friends all they want, imaginary ones for the most part I would think. That doesn’t exempt anyone from homophobia.

  14. Mumbo Jumbo 13 May 2013, 1:14pm

    “….the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill returns to infest MPs…..”

    Infest.

    Even putting aside that this kind of terminology was used against the Jews in the 1930′s, his use of that word says all we need to know about this individual.

  15. Lion in Winter 13 May 2013, 1:20pm

    David Burrowes resembles Chucky. There, we’re even.

  16. bobbleobble 13 May 2013, 1:47pm

    His amendments didn’t get onto the bill so he’s throwing a hissy fit, what a surprise. He’ll get another chance next week to have his amendments built into the bill during the report stage and they’ll get defeated again, this time not just in a committee but by the whole House. I doubt that will placate him either.

  17. Invoking the horror of the film “Jaws”, and likening the Same Sex Couples Bill to the horrors of that film is an utterly desperate and totally illogical move from Mr. Burrowes, expressing no more than his own severe case of homphobia.

    His phobia of sharks appears to equate to his phobia of people who happen to be homosexual.

    Poor, poor man. It is such a pity that mental health care in this country has gone so awry since Thatcher closed down the mental hospitals and instituted the non-existent “Care in the Community”. People like Mr. Burrowes are transparently so desperately in need of treatment.

  18. Don’t you just hate it when MPs get facetious?

  19. ..why do we have to put up with these pointless and idiotic remarks? Which always come from sad and ignorant people—it’s about time that ‘homosexuality’ was regarded as a DECENT and SERIOUS way of life! Gay people are still incredibly treated and referred to as 2nd class citizens.

    1. Homosexuality is no more a way of life to me than having blue eyes is.

  20. I am so glad that this man is not my MP!

    He is nothing but a typical Tory homophobe.

  21. Robert in S. Kensington 13 May 2013, 2:02pm

    if Cameron wants to shed the party of right wing nutters, he needs to address the back benchers and read them the riot act. They are out of control by allowing religion a back door into the Commons. Try as they might next week, they won’t succeed of course but that they do it is very disturbing indeed.

    They are reeling because a free conscience vote approved the bill with a vast majority, totally gobsmacked them. Not enough praying I suppose did any good and it won’t do any good outside of Parliament next monday and tuesday.

    The man is a religious loon and shouldn’t even be an MP. I suppose it’s never occurred to him why he will always be a backbencher and the same goes for all of them, including Loughton. His future in politics doesn’t look too bright anyway.

  22. Is he Dumb, or Dumber ??

  23. putrid creep! people who were indifferent or even slightly anti marriage must now be so bored at this stage of the anti marriage creeps they are hoping parliament hurries up and legalises marriage .

  24. As I recall, the shark in jaws was (a) fake, and (b) over-dramatized to manipulatively scare people. So, too, is the “threat” posed by marriage equality.

  25. George Broadhead 13 May 2013, 2:39pm

    What denomination is this twit?

    1. So stuck in his man made tradition that he makes the word of God of no effect! Love your neighbour as yourself, you a** :)

      1. Not you, George :)

  26. and you Burrowes resemble the hole in my arse!

    1. Hmmm. Have you not yet learned to love your arsehole, JD? :-)

  27. der-dum der-dum der-dum DER-DUM DER-DUM DER-DUM………Same-sex marriage legalized. A bit of an anticlimax, methinks :P

  28. What? Foam rubber?

  29. Poor man is to be pitied because he takes to such silly language. Where are his thought processes. Reminds me a churchman who used extreme language- look what happened.

  30. This man is a disgrace to the Conservative party and a disgrace to Parliament. There must be 1000s of gay electors and their families and friends living in Southgate – if his local party is foolish enough to let him stand again then each and every one has a duty at the next election to consign this foul-minded dinosaur to the dustbin of history.

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