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Tory MP who compared same-sex marriage to polygamy re-elected

Nick Duffy May 8, 2015

Tory MP Matthew Offord, who compared same-sex marriage to polygamy and branded it an “attack on religion”, has been re-elected.

Dr Offord, who is the MP for Hendon, failed to be unseated by former Labour MP Andrew Dismore, over whom Mr Offord previously held a tiny majority.

In 2010, Dr Offord recieved 19,635 (42.3%) votes, compared to Mr Dinsmore’s 19,529 (42.1%).

Despite another challenge from Mr Dinsmore, Dr Offord retained his seat with 24,328, above Mr Dinsmore on 20,604.

Offord previously claimed that “same-sex marriage is an attack on religion”, adding: “They want to make significant changes to the religious belief that marriage should be between a man and a woman.

“They want to redefine it and that has taken the religious meaning out.”

The Tory also insisted in Parliament that equal marriage could lead to polygamous marriages being made legal.

He said: “The evidence from around the world is that once marriage is redefined, with a flexible definition, pressure always grows for redefinition.

“There are several advocates of same-sex marriage who openly support changing the law to permit polygamy.”

PinkNews election coverage is generously supported by KPMG.


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