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Shops near David Cameron’s office complain of lost takings due to anti-gay marriage protests Staff Writer May 15, 2013
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Retailers close to David Cameron’s constituency office have claimed that their takings are down due to anti-gay marriage protestors.

The Coalition for Marriage, a group that opposes equal rights for same-sex couples has regularly staged protests and leaflet distribution drives outside the Witney Office of the Prime Minister in Oxfordshire.

Earlier this month, the same-sex marriage opponents have delivered a postcard petition signed by 288 people to David Cameron’s Witney constituency office in Oxfordshire.

The postcard stated: “Dear Mr Cameron, Please keep marriage as it is.”

Fiona Fletcher-Marfell, manager of The Old Pill Factory told the Oxford Mail that her antique shop has sen a drop in revenue and that she’d like campaigners to go somewhere else.

She said: “It is not necessarily the cause, it is the lack of thought in this recession of the effects of their actions.

“My takings were definitely down by more than £100 during that period last week, which is normally my busy period. We had less than a quarter of the footfall we would expect.”

Mr Cameron said: “The right to peaceful protest is an integral part of any democratic society and it would not be right for me to intervene in this process.” But he added that he is a “great supporter” of changing the law to give same-sex couples the right to marry.

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