Chester MP Stephen Mosley condemns leaflets comparing gays to paedophiles
Conservative MP of Chester Stephen Mosley has added his voice to the growing criticism of anti-gay leaflets being distributed around the UK.
Recently, the leaflets, which describe homosexalism as a “cult,” were posted through letter boxes ahead of Chester city’s Pride event on Saturday.
It was just one of a string of areas where similar leaflets have been distributed, also surfacing in Cambridge in April, in Brighton last month, in Stoke-on-Trent earlier this month, and in Lincoln and Leicestershire last week.
The city MP, who voted in favour of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, said: “People are, of course, entitled to their opinions.
“What concerns me is it is anonymous. If people really believe that, then it should in the open.”
He added: “I have been very vocal in my support for things like gay marriage.
“While I have not read it [the leaflet] I can’t imagine I would agree with what is being said.
“People have a right to say things as long as it is not offensive or inciting illegal activity.
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“But if you are putting leaflets out, then they should have your name on so people can have a proper debate about the issues.”
One of the leaflets previously obtained reads in part: “It [is] abundantly evident that a penis is made for a vagina, and not for an anus. An anus is in fact designed solely for defecation.
“If the practice of homosexuality is acceptable, then in time any form of sexual deviation, perversion and experimentation will be acceptable, including the progressive lowering of the age of consent, taking it below the age of puberty, and thus legalizing paedophilia.”
According to Lancashire police, “no offences have been committed, although we do recognise that some people may have found the content offensive and upsetting.”
Additionally, while a man distributing the leaflets was spoken to by police earlier this month in Stoke-on-Trent, the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to take action.