London Mayor Boris Johnson says the nation needs “to move beyond the Stone Age” by redefining marriage.
He supports David Cameron’s plan to rewrite the meaning of marriage, saying: “frankly I can’t see what the fuss is about.”
He made the dismissive remarks in an article for The Independent, a newspaper which is actively campaigning for marriage to be redefined.
He said marriage “has been here since before the Stone Age, and now it needs to move beyond the Stone Age”.
Prime Minister David Cameron avoided mentioning his controversial gay marriage policy in his keynote speech at the Tory Party conference.
However, in what may be a coordinated manoeuvre by Tory top brass, Chancellor George Osborne, Foreign Secretary William Hague, Education Secretary Michael Gove, and Equalities Minister Maria Miller have all voiced their support for changing marriage.
According to several reports, Maria Miller was booed by audience members when she backed gay marriage at the Tory Party Conference. But others claim she was applauded.
William Hague says he supports redefining marriage and that support is a generational issue, opening himself to the accusation that he is dismissing the views of older voters.
Last weekend it was revealed that over 70 per cent of Tory constituency chairmen want the plans to be dropped, and nearly half say they have lost members because of the policy.
This week the Coalition for Marriage, the group leading the fight to keep the meaning of marriage as it is, held a fringe meeting at the Tory conference.
Hundreds packed into Birmingham Town Hall to hear from speakers, including former Shadow Home Secretary Ann Widdecombe.
Former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, and the MP for Enfield Southgate, David Burrowes, also spoke alongside C4M campaign director, Colin Hart.