Tory politician suspended over anti-gay tweet
Published 12/10/2011 | 16:37
A SENIOR Tory councillor was suspended today after suggesting his party "may as well legalise marriage with animals" because Prime Minister David Cameron supports gay marriage.
Party chiefs immediately took action against James Malliff, who is a cabinet member of the Tory-controlled Wycombe District Council in Buckinghamshire in charge of big society and localism.
A party spokesman said: "These comments are completely unacceptable. Councillor Malliff's local party association has suspended him with immediate effect."
London's Evening Standard reported that Mr Malliff tweeted to former Conservative MP Paul Goodman, who had asked whether legalising gay marriage could lead to multiple Sharia marriages being made lawful.
Mr Malliff said: "There is no doubt the PM is wrong on this issue. We may as well legalise marriage with animals, crude I concede but no apology."
Another tweet on his feed read: "Great keynote address by David Cameron, not sure about legalising gay marriage though, what happened to sanctity of marriage #odd."
The tweets have since been removed.