The Mayor of London smiled and waved to the crowds on Saturday as he marched under a banner celebrating a radical homosexual group that wanted to wipe out the family.
He was parading at the head of London’s annual ‘gay pride’ march which this year marked the 40th anniversary of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF), now disbanded.
According to the march’s organisers, the GLF was a group of “radical queens, hippies, students and activists who brought LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) rights out into the open”.
In 1971, it published an extreme manifesto to eradicate the family. The document stated: “We must aim at the abolition of the family”.
It claimed the family unit consisted “of the man in charge, a slave as his wife, and their children on whom they force themselves as the ideal models. The very form of the family works against homosexuality.”
The document urged activists to target law, education and the media as part of a cultural revolution to demolish the family.
It also urged activists to target the church. It said Christianity’s “archaic and irrational teachings support the family and marriage”.
The manifesto called for legislative change, not least in employment law, as key to overhauling the place of the family in British culture.
On Saturday Conservative Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, marched at the head of the procession under a banner celebrating the GLF’s work.
He used the opportunity to call for full homosexual marriage. He said: “If the Conservatives and Liberals can get together in a national coalition and settle their differences, I don’t see why you can’t have gay marriage.”
He was joined at the event by Lib Dem equalities minister, Lynne Featherstone, and openly gay Tory policing minister Nick Herbert.
Earlier in the week Miss Featherstone had said the Government would consider overturning the secular nature of same-sex civil partnerships by allowing ‘religious’ elements in registration ceremonies.
Such a move would be highly controversial and she acknowledged that the Government has “currently no plans” to change the rules.
The BBC said a million people turned out in London for the ‘gay pride’ march. Other sources put the figure at over half a million. The Metropolitan Police had no official estimate.
Staff from the London 2012 Olympic Games handed out special badges at the event, featuring the London 2012 logo and a rainbow flag.