Ex Tory local chairman slams ‘draconian’ gay marriage Bill

David Cameron is ‘steamrollering’ his “draconian” Bill to redefine marriage through Parliament, a former Conservative local chairman has said.

Richard Eddy said civil liberties will be at risk if gay marriage is legalised.

He commented, “a hospital could sack a chaplain for advancing the Christian view of marriage at a wedding.”


He added: “Moreover, a school could fire a teacher for refusing to use a book illustrating same-sex marriage as a teaching aid.”

In February, it was revealed that Mr Eddy quit his position as Chairman of Bristol South Conservative Association, in protest over the Prime Minister’s “obsession” with same-sex marriage.

Now he has written to The Bristol Post to criticise the Government’s “illiberal” same-sex marriage Bill.


He said: “It is astonishing that this ill-thought through legislation is presently being steamrollered through the Palace of Westminster by an avowedly Conservative Prime Minister.”

He also called the Bill a “dangerous and anti-democratic innovation”.

Mr Eddy said his conscience had compelled him to quit his position as a local Conservative Association chairman.


He said the Prime Minister seems “obsessed” with pursuing same-sex marriage, “irrespective of the damage it will do”.

In February, a Tory chairwoman in David Cameron’s constituency resigned because of the Prime Minister’s support for redefining marriage.

Cicely Maunder said she had “no idea” why Mr Cameron supports the change, and said other local members also walked out over the plans.

In January Tory constituency chairman Edmund Costelloe left the Party over gay marriage – calling it an “ill-thought-out” idea.

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