Gay marriage blamed for storms

Last updated 09:43 20/01/2014
CONTROVERSIAL: David Silvester's letter in the Heley Standard.

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A British far-right party has suspended a local councilman who blamed recent severe flooding on the government's legalisation of gay marriage.

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 UK had been beset by storms since the law's passage because Cameron had "acted against the gospel".

"The scriptures make it abundantly clear that a Christian nation that abandons its faith and acts contrary to the Gospel (and in naked breach of a coronation oath) will be beset by natural disasters such as storms, disease, pestilence and war."

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 (local time) 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.

Since Silvester's controversial comments a mock Ukip weather service account has been set up on Twitter, poking fun at the idea of homosexuality affecting the climate. More than 46,000 people are following the account.

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- AP

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