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Sir John Stanley: Tory MP condemned as homophobic

Please read this story and comment. John Stanley used to be my MP and I am bitterly angry at his dim, ill-informed and wrong views. If he is correct, I’m currently in year 43 of a “phase”.

It must be wonderful being an MP in a safe seat. You can come out with crap like this and there are no consequences. I will be writing to the Conservative party in Tonbridge and Malling to state how appalled I am… angry of (formally) Tonbridge and Malling! Thankfully this stupid fool is standing down at the next election. Good riddance. It’s bad news that I have to reblog the Mail!!!

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER

Tory MP condemned as homophobic after he claims being gay is just a short-lived phase. ‘Perfectly normal being attracted to other young people of the same sex before arriving at a heterosexual orientation subsequently’

Under fire: St John Stanley who claimed being gay was just a short-lived passing fad

Conservative MP Sir John Stanley has been branded homophobic after claiming that being gay was just a passing fad. The married MP said homosexuality was a ‘normal phase’ for youngsters before they became heterosexuals in later life.

Sir John, 71, made his comments following the the controversial Commons vote which legalised same-sex marriages. In a letter to constituents in his Kent seat of Tonbridge and Malling, he explained why he was one of 175 MPs to vote against the bill. The legislation was passed with a majority of 225 votes on Tuesday.

Sir John, a former minister in the Thatcher governments in the eighties, is married with two children. He is retiring at the next general election.

Among the three reasons Sir John gave for his opposition to the bill were Government interference over the issue and his belief that gay marriage would not achieve equality in law.

But he caused controversy when he wrote: ‘Enshrining gay marriage into law will be unhelpful and positively damaging to young people going through the perfectly normal phase of being attracted to other young people of the same sex before arriving at a heterosexual orientation subsequently.’

via Sir John Stanley: Tory MP condemned as homophobic after he claims being gay is just a short-lived craze | Mail Online.

3 comments on “Sir John Stanley: Tory MP condemned as homophobic

  1. Raybeard
    February 10, 2013

    I take heart in observing that ignorami like this tend to belong (though by no means all) to the older generations and that they are bound to die off sooner in proportionately greater numbers than many younger, more-enlightened MPs. But the tragedy is that while they are still with us, these people of ‘influence’ continue to inflict serious harm at every opportunity they can. Actually, I detect between his own lines that he is aware of having a gay aspect to his own personality which he somehow feels needs rationalising (negatively) in his mind to support his married state and his parenthood. Sad man!

  2. oneexwidow
    February 11, 2013
  3. Paul Brownsey
    February 11, 2013

    When I first realised my sexuality (in the 1950s) and began looking it up in encyclopaedias and medical dictionaries, it was very common to find it described as a phase that most youngsters went through en route to heterosexuality; ‘unfortunately’, some got stuck in this phase. As late as 1979 I can remember a RC chaplain in Glasgow, Fr Columba Ryan, saying gay men were Peter Pans who had failed to grow up.

    This view has almost disappeared in recent years. One suggestion I have encountered is that most of those who wrote in this way would have gone to all-male boarding schools where lots who were basically straight might indeed have gone through a MSM (or BSB) phase because of the absence of girls. And this got generalised…

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