|Lord Carey speaking at anti-gay marriage rally.|
By Brody Levesque | BIRMINGHAM, UK -- During a speech before a far right faction of the Tory Party Monday- at an anti-gay marriage rally in Birmingham Town Hall- former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey warned the audience that "Britain risks becoming a totalitarian state as a result of gay marriage and could go the way of Nazi Germany."
“Remember that the Jews in Nazi Germany, what started it against them was when they were called names, that was the first stage towards that totalitarian state." He added; Why does it feel to us that our cultural homeland and identity is being plundered?"
Carey said Christians had so far been "too timid" in their opposition to the government's plans. He cautioned that same-sex marriage would create circumstances for other forms of "non-traditional" martial arrangements, specifically Mormon-style polygamous relationships, citing the example of a marriage application pending in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for a man to enter into a civil union with two women.
“That is getting into a Mormon-style relationship,” he said, "It's part of a slippery slope where the unintended consequences could be shocking."
Nearly a thousand Conservatives attended the rally against same-sex marriage during lunchtime today in Birmingham which, coincided with the Tory party conference. As 7 out of 10 local Conservative party chairmen want Prime Minister David Cameron to drop plans to have the government legalise marriage for same-sex couples, Carey alleged that British lawmakers were trying to "plunder" the institution of marriage.
"It's like annexing what was regarded as specific to make and female relationships," he said adding; "Same sex relationships are not the same as heterosexual relationships and should not be put on the same level."
Ben Summerskill, the chief executive of Stonewall UK, Britain’s largest LGBTQ equality rights organisation responded to the former Archbishop's remarks saying;
“Gay people remember all too well what happened in the Holocaust. The fact that Lord Carey is making such distressing comments rather suggests he knows he hasn't any good arguments against equal marriage."
Peter Tatchell, coordinator of the Equal Love campaign and Director of the human rights organisation, The Peter Tatchell Foundation said:
"Staging a rally in support of anti-gay discrimination reawakens fears that the Conservatives are still the nasty party. It's a PR disaster that undermines David Cameron's efforts to rebrand the Tories as modern, inclusive and compassionate.
If the rally organisers truly do believe in love and marriage, they should welcome the fact that gay couples love each other and want to get married.
According to the YouGov poll in June 2012, 71% of the public and 58% of religious people believe that same-sex couples should be permitted to get married in register offices. 70% of the public also support religious institutions being allowed to conduct same-sex marriages if they wish to do so," said Tatchell.
Other speakers at the rally included former shadow home secretary Ann Widdecombe who said restrictions on peoples' freedoms that would come from same-sex marriage were "the hallmark of a totalitarian states down the ages."
"In the end people who believe in traditional marriage are not going to be able to participate in such a wide range of professions and jobs that they're actually going to be come social outcasts, I don't mean in the sense that no one will have anything to do with them, but they will find it very hard to function in the mainstream," she said.
The issue of same-sex marriage is a source of deep divisions within the Conservative Party, whose leadership has sought to embrace its LGBT members and shake off the legacy of its prior legislation that are viewed as anti-gay. Senior party officials including the Prime Minister have forcefully set out the case for same-sex marriage. However within the party conference this week, opponents have been very active with a poll of local Tory party chairman that showed that 71% oppose the plans to legalise same-sex marriage in the UK.