UK councilman suspended by party after blaming floods on gay marriage

UK councilman suspended by party after blaming floods on gay marriage
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LONDON — A British far-right party has suspended a local councilman who blamed recent severe flooding on the government’s legalization of same-sex marriage.

David Silvester
David Silvester

David Silvester of the United Kingdom Independence Party had written a letter to the Henley Standard claiming he’d warned Prime Minister David Cameron the legislation would result in “disasters” and that the U.K. had been beset by storms since the law’s passage because Cameron had “acted against the gospel.”

“I wrote to David Cameron in April 2012 to warn him that disasters would accompany the passage of his same-sex marriage bill,” wrote Silvester, an elected member of the town council in Henley-on-Thames, west of London.

“It is his (Cameron’s) fault that large swathes of the nation have been afflicted by storms and floods,” he wrote.

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“He has arrogantly acted against the Gospel that once made Britain ‘great’ and the lesson surely to be learned is that no man or men, however powerful, can mess with Almighty God with impunity and get away with it, for everything a nation does is weighed on the scale of divine approval or disapproval.”

The party, known as UKIP, had initially said that Silvester’s views were “not the party’s belief,” but defended his right to express his opinions.

It suspended Silvester on Sunday for defying instructions not to give any further interviews, after Silvester defended his letter to the BBC and called homosexuality a “spiritual disease” which can be healed.

Legislation to allow same-sex marriage in England and Wales was passed in the U.K. Parliament in July 2013 and is expected to come into effect on March 29, 2014.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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