A UKIP supporter in Newark has claimed that same-sex marriage is “appalling” and will lead to people “marrying pigs”.

UKIP supporter David Donegan, owner of the Saracens Head hotel in Southwell, told the Guardian: “Civil partnership is absolutely fine, but gay marriage is appalling nonsense. The next thing they will be saying is we should be marrying pigs.”

He added: “UKIP are leading a peasants’ revolt. They will ransack the village, but will probably be stopped at the city gates. Hopefully that will shake up the Westminster establishment which needs a kick up the backside.”

In January, Nigel Farage claimed that the media only cares about UKIP comparing homosexuality to bestiality, after former UKIP Chairwoman Julia Gasper claimed that some gay people prefer sex with animals.

UKIP MEP Roger Helmer is standing in next week’s Newark by-election, despite a row over homophobia.

Helmer, 70, has previously said the public should be able to openly dislike gay people.

He also claimed homosexuality is not a lifestyle worthy of respect, and claimed that the media are “obsessed” with sexuality.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage had attempted to defend Helmer from accusations of homophobia, claiming that “most” over-70s feel uncomfortable about gays.

He said: “Roger Helmer is fighting this by-election for us; he’s somebody of 70 years of age who grew up with a strong Christian Bible background; he grew up in an age when homosexuality was actually imprisonable, and he had a certain set of views which he maintained for many years which he now says he accepts the world’s moved on and he’s relaxed about.

“As I say, when Roger grew up and, indeed, when he was an adult, homosexuality was illegal in this country, and he held that view for some period of time.

“And actually, if we asked the 70s and over in this country how they felt about it, most of them still feel uncomfortable.”