Cambs UKIP activist calls for referendum on gay marriage

15:55 04 February 2013

Paul Bullen.

Paul Bullen.

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A CAMBRIDGESHIRE UKIP activist has insisted that the “silent majority” are against gay marriage and called for a referendum on the issue.

Paul Bullen, UKIP’s Eastern Counties committee member for Cambridgeshire, spoke out as MPs prepare to vote on legalising gay weddings tomorrow.

A number of Conservative MPs are likely to oppose The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill - but Mr Bullen said it was a decision that should not be made by politicians.

“We (UKIP) firmly believe that the people should make such choices,” said Mr Bullen, who finished third in the election to become Cambridgeshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner in November.

“This is not a choice for MPs to make, they don’t really know what the people want.

“They have decided they know best. They do not believe that the British people are capable of making their own decisions. Why should our politicians dictate to the people?”

Mr Bullen said he would like to see the Government “concentrating on the economy rather than wasting Parliamentary time on other matters”.

He said: “The silent majority are against gay marriage - it is the vocal minority that are for it.

“I’m a Christian and I believe that a marriage is performed in church between a man and a woman - but that’s my personal opinion.

“I’m quite happy to go with it (gay marriage) provided that the people have had the chance to vote for or against it.”

Mr Bullen, who is chairman of UKIP’s Huntingdonshire and South Cambridgeshire branch, plans to stand for election to Cambridgeshire County Council in May.

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill would allow couples who had previously entered into civil partnerships to convert their relationship into a marriage.

Prime Minister David Cameron has backed the bill - but he is facing opposition from within his own party.

3 comments

  • I am quite certain that Mr Bullen isnt as black and white as his bold and "Fred Flintstone" attitude and approach to life. Perhaps rather than a referendum we just let the highly paid MP's in Parliament earn their high salaries, grow a pair of balls and vote for what the people who pay their wages want, rather than hiding behind the risk of not having a seat come the next election.

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    Michael B

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • Well, there you go Mr Bullen and shame on you Jonathan Djanogly and Shailesh Vara for you choices

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    Michael B

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

  • A Referendum in England? It'll never catch on. The reason Government is not intrested in England. They allow referenda in Wales, and Scotland, in fact the latter twice. As they know that England will pay up. But they will not allow referenda in England as the 'Celtic' countries will complain about paying for England.

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    Stephen Bligdon

    Tuesday, February 5, 2013

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