A campaign to get ‘It’s Raining Men’ to the top of the UK singles chart has been launched, following the homophobic comments of a UKIP councillor.
Over 4,000 people have so far liked the campaign on Facebook, which aims to get the Weather Girls version of the song to the top of next week’s charts, starting from 27 January.
The song will have stiff competition, as it will have to top the sales of Happy, Pharrell’s current number one single, which last week sold over 118,000 copies.
The campaigners behind the chart crusade told The Sun: “For decades now, this song has been used as a gay anthem.
“We thought it fitted all the better based on UKIP’s comments regarding storms and floods being caused by LGBT people and gay marriage.
“We believe that the show of strength to get a song to Number 1 will create a huge spotlight on our campaign for equality as a whole.
“The song, if you like, is our catalyst and part of the bigger message.”
Last week, UKIP Councillor David Silvester claimed that the floods to have hit the UK in December and January were caused by same-sex marriage, and that homosexuality can be cured by Christian prayer.
Mr Silvester also claimed in an interview defending his views that more children have been “murdered” as a result of abortion laws than the number of Jews killed in by the Nazis during the Holocaust.
On Monday evening, Mr Silvester, a former Tory who quit the party over equal marriage, said: “The Conservatives are known as the party of the Queen. The Queen in her coronation oath promised to only to pass those laws that are consistent with the Christian gospel. There is a command to love all men and I hope I love all men but we are also taught to love the person but hate the sin.”
UKIP’s official position is that it supports same-sex civil partnerships but opposes same-sex marriages. The first same-sex marriages will be held in March of this year.