The MP for Lincoln, Karl McCartney, has defended his controversial comments on same-sex marriage which sparked outrage.
And just what were they?
In a letter to one of his constituents seen by the Echo, Mr McCartney wrote that he refused to support the campaign for gay marriage.
He said he believed the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community had “exhausted the cause of equal rights”.
He also added that his “conscience dictates” that he will not canvas other MPs to support the campaign for gay marriage and that “change is not necessary”.
Well, it’s hard to see what is controversial or outrageous about that.
It pretty much describes most people’s views, doesn’t it?
The comments caused uproar from LGBT groups across the country and a petition was launched to encourage Mr McCartney to retract his comments.
But Mr McCartney has since told the Echo that while he is not prejudiced against members of the LGBT community, he stands by his belief that “a religious marriage is one between an individual man and individual woman”.
Why does it have to be stated so baldly that, if you don’t simply slavishly agree with everything that a particular identity group believes or wants, that’s not evidence of ‘prejudice’?
No more is ‘tolerance’ the watchword, now total submission, agreement with and even celebration of whatever a particular group wants is demanded.
And failure to provide this is then seen as ‘prejudice’.
“I also support the commitment and love between individuals, regardless of their sex or gender, and feel that it should be encouraged, supported and celebrated. I believe civil partnerships do this.”
And so do I – I’ve been to a few, too!
But the usual suspects are on their high horses and refusing to dismount:
Lucy Rigby, prospective parliamentary candidate for the Lincoln Labour Party, said Mr McCartney’s views flew in the face of his own political party.
She said: “I thought Karl’s letter was offensive, wrong and, to be frank, quite bizarre.
“When you receive a letter like that as a constituent, Karl reveals himself to be a holder of some pretty odd views and, to put it in context, he’s even contradicted by his own party.
“People in Lincoln want a sensible and intelligent MP that gets stuff done – they don’t want an extremist with these fringe views.”
But Lucy, they aren’t actually getting one, are they? His views are more mainstream than you’d care to acknowledge.
And that’s a real problem for you, clearly.