Rob Comley, the Chair of Young Independence (the youth wing of UKIP) has declared his support for Gay Marriage in an interview with Planet Ivy.
‘ When researching this piece I was surprised to notice that Ukip have a small but growing LGBT wing. Well, I say surprised, I mean absolutely fucking flabbergasted; this is the party that systematically sack members who express support for gay rights. Is this a real thing? Or is it just a collection of like-minded folk who get a tickle in their sack for Nigel Farage’s boyish charm?
‘“Yes, they’re real,” Rob confirms. “They get different people from all over the place involved. I arranged a night out with them; it shows that we’re not a homophobic party. We’re not anti-gay, were not anti-anything.” I remark that I thought they were anti-EU, to which he twitches his upper lip and laughs, “People should have the choice to get married if they want.”’
This is a bold – or perhaps careless – move from Comley, as the last YI Chair who confessed support for Gay Marriage was unceremoniously removed from the position.
I wonder whether Rob Comley will suffer the same fate for supporting the same cause. It’s true that elements of UKIP have ‘come out‘ and expressed their opinion of how Gay Marriage within the party’s ranks is changing, but it might be deemed inconsistent by some pundits if senior party members let this one slide nonetheless.
We’ll just have to wait and see.