British Nationalist Party leader Nick Griffin claims to have the support of LGBT people despite several statements made to a student newspaper attacking LGBT rights. In the interview with James Greenhaigh, a student from Leeds, Griffin denied being anti-gay, but said of civil partnerships that they were a way of “sliding towards marriage for everyone through the backdoor,” and “It undermines the institution of marriage, and as a result of that, children will die over the next few years, because they’ll be brought up in homes which aren’t married”.
Griffin also defended his decision to tweet the address of a Cambridgeshire gay couple who just won a discrimination case about the anti-gay owner of a bead and breackfast. Griffin, who is a Member of the European Parliament, called for a demonstration to be held outside the couple’s home.
At one point, Greenhaigh said “I’m gay. What is wrong with people like me?”
Griffin responded by saying “Let me explain. Gay people have complained for years that the rest of society hasn’t understood how they feel, and has had to make allowances, has to be tolerant”.
“So why can’t you people simply get over it and tolerate the fact that a lot of heterosexual people – we don’t want to persecute you – but we find the sight of two men kissing creepy. That’s just a fact. What’s the problem? You [students] may think I’m a monster, but look at what your fate would be in an Islamic republic of Britain”.
Numerous lesbians and gays find heterosexuals kissing creepy, and yet they do not call for the squashing of rights for straight peopole.
Griffin claims that he leads a more tolerant BNP due to the fact that the party has scrapped any attempt to recriminalize homosexuality. He stated “Plenty of gay people are now fed up of so many straights going to their clubs, particularly in my constituency in Manchester. They want the right to discriminate against heterosexuals, and I’m the only politician in Britain who would give them that right, because I believe people should have the freedom of association.”
Griffin also invoked the repealed US ban on LGB people serving openly in the military saying “We now have a policy of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ People can do whatever they want in private.”