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Gays Rights ‘Leads to Obesity’, May 28, 2004

By Peter Moore, Newscenter, London Bureau

London—A high ranking Conservative member of the House of Lords says that the push for civil rights by gays is leading to a nation of obese people. Lord Tebbit then compared same-sex marriage to the promotion of buggery.

Tebbit, the former chair of the Tory party and its current Whip in the Lords, was debating the growing problem of obesity with a member of the governing Labor party on a British radio program.

He suggested Labor’s “promotion of buggery” was “intimately connected” to the increasing number of overweight people.

“Families now so seldom eat together. They don’t prepare meals properly. Wives are pressurized into thinking they ought to go out to work instead of looking after their children. And it is the breakdown of family that is at the root of it.”

The government, he charged, was doing nothing about this but it was busy promoting gay marriage.

“We not only have an epidemic of obesity, we have a huge problem of AIDS and the Government’s attitude is to do all it can to promote buggery.”

Lord Tebbit later attempted to say he was not linking gay marriage directly with obesity. “It is the attack that has been waged on the family and all the pressures of today.” But, then said same-sex marriage was directly connected to the breakdown of the family.

British gay rights group Stonewall called from Tebbit to be removed from any position of authority in the party.

“These remarks are extremely distressing,” said Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill.

“It’s incredible that Lord Tebbit manages to shoehorn his extreme prejudices against gay people into a discussion on child obesity. We trust that Michael Howard will take swift action.

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