Newark Ukip supporter claims that gay marriage could lead to people 'marrying pigs'

David Donegan says that gay marriage is "appalling nonsense" that could lead to us "marrying pigs"

A supporter of the Ukip party in Newark – the constituency where Roger Helmer is standing in next week’s by-election – has said allowing gay marriage could lead to people “marrying pigs.”

David Donegan, who is backing of Nigel Farage’s Euro-sceptic party, told The Guardian that “Civil partnership is absolutely fine, but gay marriage is appalling nonsense.”

"The next thing they will be saying is we should be marrying pigs.”

The comments come after Ukip leader Nigel Farage said earlier this year that the only media coverage his party received was when one of its members made an outlandish statement.

Speaking in January, after chairwoman of the Oxford branch of Ukip, Dr Julia Gasper, made links between homosexuality and paedophilia, Nigel Farage told radio station LBC that the only media coverage they received was when his members did stuff like compare homosexuality to bestiality.

Donegan is the owner of the Saracens Head Hotel in Southwell, East Midlands, the parliamentary constituency where Ukip MEP and MP hopeful, Roger Helmer, will be standing in next week’s crucial by-election.

Speaking ahead of the by-election, Donegan said that Ukip were leading a “peasant’s revolt” and their success would hopefully give “Westminster a kick up the backside.”

He said that he believed Ukip would "ransack the village,” but “will probably be stopped at the city gates."

Ukip are confident of victory in the East Midlands after last week’s European Parliamentary elections saw the top the polls with 32.9 per cent of the vote – beating the Conservatives by seven per cent.

Helmer has represented the East Midlands in Europe for nearly 15 years and is popular with his local constituents.

Nevertheless, he has caused controversy in the past over remarks made about homosexuals and gay marriage.

In pamphlets picked up by The Sun from 2000, he said that being gay was "abnormal and undesirable" and that homosexuality was “not a lifestyle worthy of valid equal respect.”

In 2012, he likened gay marriage to incest when he said: "If two men can be married, why not three men? Or two men and a woman?... Why not a commune? If two men have a right to marry, how can we deny the same right to two siblings? Are we to authorise incest?"

This came just three years after he claimed on a blog post that homophobia “didn’t exist” and it was merely a “propaganda device”, “designed to denigrate and stigmatise those holding conventional opinion."

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