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North Devon peer Lord Arran to vote against 'decadent' gay marriage bill

By NDJWill  |  Posted: June 04, 2013

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AN hereditary peer from North Devon, whose father voted to decriminalise homosexuality in 1967, is set to vote against plans to legalise gay marriage in the House of Lords today.

And he also says he fears for the future of a “decadent” Great Britain.

Lord Arran, the ninth Earl of Arran, says he will vote against the bill, which made it through the House of Commons a week ago, despite the opposition of 133 Tory MPs.

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales would allow couples who can currently form civil partnerships to marry.

But Lord Arran, who lives at the Castle Hill Estate in Filleigh, opposes it.

And he says his father, who he succeeded in 1983, would have done the same.

“I’m one of those, maybe old fashioned, people who think the whole point of marriage is to produce children,” he said.

“While two people can still be happily married without children I don’t see the point.”

And he believes his father would have felt the same.

“He was a very brave man,” said Lord Arran, “and he bought about this decriminalisation in 1967.

“But at the time he said he very much hoped as a result there wouldn’t be any flaunting of homosexuality.

“I feel like this bill could be that.”

Lord Arran also asked where the drive for equality would end.

“Is the government going to insist 10 per cent of MPs must be gay?” he said.

“I’m joking of course, but where is it going to stop?”

“The Roman empire fell for three reasons.

“There was the worship of sporting heroes, widespread corruption and the decadence and flaunting of homosexuality.

“I fear that in this country we aren’t too far from being decadent.”

And Lord Arran says he isn’t too sure how the vote will go today.

“It’ll be a narrow defeat or a narrow victory,” he said.

“If it does pass I don’t think it’s a case that it’s home and dry.”

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  • Jude011  |  June 05 2013, 11:11AM

    Nobody elected this guy. It's disgusting that he should have a say in what happens in this country. However, I share his concern about decadence, displayed mainly amongst those who live in massive stately homes, surrounded by hundreds of their own acres, with helicopters coming and going to their pheasant shoots.

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  • MrAgincourt  |  June 05 2013, 8:24AM

    What ignorance! It shocks me that people like this have the power to overrule the democratically selected officials. The Roman Empire fell for three reasons!? If anyone actually believes that Rome fell over three simple things is clearly an ill-educated. It took Roman Empire 400 years to slowly wither and die. It was not something that just happened over night because of 'flaunting of homosexuality' such wild and ignorant views only show how inappropriate it is to have a man like this in any form of power. Not to mention the multiple fallacies of logic displayed here is mind boggling. I would have thought that someone of his station would be far better educated on such things, if you going to argue a point do it well with intelligence, not just wild half-baked idea's and poorly considered analogies. There is no argument here that holds water, it's purely his own bigoted and ignorant views with no justification or explanation.

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  • Rockall2011  |  June 04 2013, 2:47PM

    And who exactly ever elected Lord Arran?! From every poll, the majority in the UK approve of 'same sex marriage' but these unelected dinosaurs feel they have the right to ignore that. Sooner the 'Lords' is abolished the better.

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