Farage Refuses To Back Same-Sex Marriage
Friday 28th March 2014
Ukip leader Nigel Farage has refused to tell LBC whether he supports same sex marriage.
Gay marriage becomes legal at one minute past midnight tomorrow morning.
Speaking to LBC, Mr Farage said: "I do not support the idea of same-sex marriages all the while under the auspices of the European Court of Human Rights.
"Come out of Europe and we can have a sensible discussion on same-sex marriage and how we conduct it."
When pressed on whether we could have gay marriage if we come out of the EU, Mr Farage responded: "That's for the House of Commons to decide. At the moment, we're signing up to something and we don't know where it's going to lead.
"I think we are opening up a very big can of worms here and I think there are some very, very big risks.
"I think the Church of England is going to go through a very difficult and miserable time as it is dragged through the courts in Strasbourg."
Mr Farage also refused to back down over claims he made during the LBC Leaders debate suggesting the European Union is partly responsible for the current Ukrainian crisis.
Nick Clegg labelled his comments "insulting", but Mr Farage hit back: "That's just a ridiculous, cheap remark that Nick Clegg made.
"I don't support Putin. I don't like what he's done, but I do understand if you provoke him, he will behave like that.
He stated: "Now what we see in Ukraine is the result of an absolutely stupid, almost imperialist EU policy, that says like all empires it wants to expand and expand and expand.
"It's given false hope to all those predominantly Catholic western Ukrainians, leading them to rise up, topple their own democratically-elected leader.
"If you poke the Russian bear with a stick, he will react."