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Here’s what Nigel Farage thinks about two men kissing in public

Joseph McCormick February 13, 2015
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UKIP leader Nigel Farage has said while he “doesn’t care less” whether gay people kiss in public, he thinks those who feel “uncomfortable” should be defended.

Speaking to Evan Davis last night, 12 February, Farage said those who are opposed to same-sex couples kissing in public or getting married “should be allowed to without being utterly condemned.”

On the Newsnight election special last night, Davis asked: “Two gay men, married, kissing in a park. Does that make you think ‘that’s bad, it shouldn’t happen’, or does it make you think ‘that’s rather sweet’?

Farage responded : “I couldn’t care less.”

Davis then replied: “You wouldn’t care less, that’s okay then?”

Farage continued: “I wouldn’t care less. But there are people in this country that could care less.”

Davis went on to ask for clarification, saying: “Should they be kissing or not?”

The UKIP leader then expanded, saying: “Well they shouldn’t be banned from doing it. That is for certain. If you believe in a smaller state, then this is absolutely consistent with that.”

When asked by Davis: “I sense that you are a little bit uncomfortable with it?”, Farage responded: “It’s not that I am uncomfortable with for example gay marriage. They should be allowed to have that opinion without being utterly condemned. And I do think that if we believe in tolerance, that has to be a two way street and we have lost sight of that.

“If people are against it, within reason… But there are people out there, for example the religious Christian community and I’m referring to the active Christian communities and for that matter Muslims and all other faiths”

Farage, in September, said he thought the debate which led to same-sex marriage becoming legal in England and Wales was “not particularly needed”.

He previously said he does not support equal marriage due to Britain’s membership of the European Court of Human Rights.

In an apparent UKIP breakdown in internal communication in March, PinkNews received and answers to a readers’ Q&A confirmed by an official spokesman to have been approved by Nigel Farage which stated that the party was reviewing all of its policies including its previously stated opposition to same-sex marriage.

One day later, Mr Farage released a statement reiterating the party’s opposition to same-sex marriage, claiming the answers to the Q&A were sent in error. 

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