Nathan-GarbuttIn a letter to GayWakefield.com, Nathan Garbutt, deputy chair of LGBTQ in UKIP, wrote:

It is well documented I resigned from the Conservative Party in 2006 with a few headlines like ”Gay Tory in Photo Row”. Homophobia was very much at large during my time in the Conservative Party especially from my local Conservative branch, shortly after resigning I joined the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and my experience has been quite the opposite, UKIP members and officials have had no issues with my sexuality at all in fact as an openly gay man I have twice been elected as Chairman of UKIP Wakefield District, stood as a candidate several times and after a resignation was elected onto the parties National Executive Committee (NEC) with 1,957 votes from the parties membership and last year I was involved in forming LGBT in UKIP.
I am often asked why I am supporting a party that does not support gay marriage, well firstly UKIP support civil partnership and I believe in part equality had already been achieved there, in principle I do believe in the concept of gay marriage however we have to be careful not to put religions in an uncertain position. The government simply does not have the power to make the guarantees it is making. I personally believe in gay marriage but NOT at the expense at other peoples personal liberties, I also think we have far more important issues of equality like tackling homophobia in schools.
UKIP are polling on 16% above the Lib Dems and third in the polls, we are expected to come first in the 2014 European elections and gain MP’s in 2015, Cameron is desperate to label us homophobes, racists and “Fruit cakes” but quite frankly I would be a rather be a principled fruit cake than a lying Eton mess.
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