A councillor in Essex says Prime Minister David Cameron’s decision to legalise equal marriage in England and Wales is a key reason why he will be standing down at the next election.
Cliff Brunt, a councillor in the market town of Hadleigh, said the legalising of same-sex marriage in July prompted his decision not to stand for re-election.
“It was a sad for day this country when it was passed. I am a Christian and my view is that marriage should be between a man and a woman,” he said, reports Echo News.
Gay fellow Tory Councillor Mark Flewitt said he was disappointed by the decision.
“It is a real shame and a waste of all his political efforts.”
However, David Cameron’s personal support among the LGBT community is stronger than support for his party. 46% of LGBT voters said that they would prefer him to be prime minister, compared to 37% who support Ed Miliband and 17% who said Nick Clegg.