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Sunday 3rd February 2013 | 09:28
Coalition for Marriage press release
More than six in ten (62 per cent) of BME voters say marriage should remain between a man and woman according to a major new poll.
Half of those surveyed (49 per cent) believe that changing the law will lead to those who back traditional marriage being persecuted at work for their views. This figure rose significantly among Asian people (57 per cent).
The poll carried out by ComRes, between 16th – 25th January questioned more than 500 BME voters about their attitudes to the Government’s plans to redefine marriage.
Worryingly for Mr Cameron it found high levels of scepticism towards his motives. Asked if ‘David Cameron's plan to legalise gay marriage is more to do with trying to make the Conservative Party look trendy and modern than because of his convictions’, 62per cent agreed. But this figure rose to 67 per cent among Black voters with just over one in ten (13 per cent) disagreeing.
Colin Hart Campaign Director for the Coalition for Marriage described the poll as “another nail in the coffin” for the policy.
“Those acting as the cheerleaders for this policy, maintain that the plan is a real vote winner. But this week alone there has been polling showing that the policy is unpopular with the ordinary men and women, does not satisfy members of the LGBT community and is a vote loser with BME voters. No wonder the PM never put this in his manifesto, ruled out changing the law just three days before the General Election and is running scared of holding a referendum on his plans.”
The poll also found that nearly a half (47 per cent) of BME people disagreed with the statement, ‘Once same-sex marriage is legalised, most people who currently oppose it will change their mind about it’. This rose to 63 per cent of Black people.
And in a further blow to the Prime Minister, nearly a third, (30 per cent) of those surveyed agreed with the statement ‘I would have considered voting Conservative at the next election but will definitely not if the Coalition legalises same-sex marriage’.
Mr Hart continued, “Mr Cameron is desperate for a Clause 4 moment, but as the polling shows this policy is going to be his Iraq War moment – the moment he loses the backing of his own party.
“MPs, Peers and legal experts have warned that redefining marriage will have all sorts of unintended consequences and the draft legislation fails to address these. This is why the Government’s decision to whip the programme motion, which will severely limit debate on the change is deeply regrettable and illustrates that the PM does not care about getting the policy right just driving it through Parliament at breakneck speed.
Mr Hart concluded; “With public opinion increasingly against redefining marriage this latest poll is another nail in the coffin of this undemocratic and ill-thought through policy.”