Stephen Fry launches attack on critics of gay marriage by claiming 260 species of animal are gay but only humans are homophobic
- The popular broadcaster also said the Olympic and Paralympic games showed that Britain is an open and tolerant society
- He was speaking during a new video for the Out4Marriage campaign which supports changing the law to allow gay couples to marry
By ANTHONY BOND
PUBLISHED: 08:52 GMT, 6 October 2012 | UPDATED: 16:29 GMT, 6 October 2012
Popular broadcaster Stephen Fry has attacked critics of same sex marriage by claiming there are 260 species of animal which display gay tendencies – but only humans are homophobic.
The author and actor also said that the Olympic and Paralympic games showed that Britain is an open and tolerant society which is not negative towards those who love each other.
Fry was speaking during a new video for the Out4Marriage campaign, which supports changing the law to allow gay couples to marry.
During the three-minute monologue, he said: ‘At least 260 species of animal have been noted exhibiting homosexual behaviour but only one species of animal ever, so far as we know, has exhibited homophobic behaviour — and that’s the human being.
‘So ask which is really natural.’
During the video, Fry also accused the Church of England of listening to ‘screeching’ extremists who he claimed spread lies about same-sex marriage.
He said those supporting gay marriage did not want to force religious leaders to carry out same sex marriage ceremonies if they did not believe in them.
‘The most important thing for me is that a misconception is cleared up that equal rights for gay marriage are not about forcing priests or clerics of any religion to marry people in their churches if they do not want too, it is not about that,’ he said.
‘Those against gay marriage are somehow spreading this disinformation that we are going to say that “you Reverend so and so are forced to hold this gay marriage in your church”, it is not true.’
‘They feel their communion won’t be complete unless it includes gay marriage because they believe in social justice and equality too.
‘It’s wrong, in a country like ours, which has an established Church, just because their more extreme end is screeching with outrage at the idea of this, that we are not allowed to be married.’
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He said the Olympic and Paralympic Games proved that Britain is an open, generous and tolerant society which is diverse and ‘full of love’.
He said we celebrate our openness and tolerance and not ‘ be down on other people who love each other and are no threat to anybody else.’
Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Joseph Musgrave, for the Out4Marriage campaign, said ‘Stephen Fry has brought his own inimitable style to a point we have long sought to clarify.
‘No religious group should be in any way forced to conduct or solemnise same-sex marriages.’
A spokesman for the Church of England said it would continue to debate same-sex marriage.
VIDEO: Why Stephen Fry believes churches should be Out4Marriage
Stephen Fry, one of the great comedy actors in the U.K., is gay and proud of it. He, and other significant public figures, consider that Marriage as an institution is such a good and encouraging commitment to monogamous relationships that it ought to become available for every couple intending to spend the rest of their lives together in love and faithfulness – whether Straight or Gay.
The people in the video, mentioned above my bar-line here, are all advocates of Same-Sex Marriage, believing it to be good for society and for the couples concerned. It is hard to argue with their logic from a Christian stand-point, bearing in mind the fact that Jesus, in the scriptures, prioritises the virtues of love and faithfulness in all relationships.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand