Britain risks becoming a totalitarian state as a result of gay marriage and could go the way of Nazi Germany, Tory opponents of the government’s plans have heard.
Addressing an anti-gay marriage rally in Birmingham Town Hall on the fringes of the Tory Party conference on Monday, the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey said Christians had so far been “too timid” in their opposition to the government’s plans.
He also warned that those of faith could even begin to experience the persecution endured by the Jews in Nazi Germany if they dared to speak out if same-sex marriage laws were passed.
“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 said.
He added: “It’s part of a slippery slope where the unintended consequences could be shocking.”
Lord Carey said politicians were trying to “plunder” the institution of marriage. “It’s like annexing what was regarded as specific to make and female relationships.”
He added: “Same sex relationships are not the same as heterosexual relationships and should not be put on the same level.”
Along with the other speakers including former shadow home secretary Ann Widdecombe and current backbench Tory MP David Burrows, Lord Carey took exception to the ‘Coalition4Marriage’ campaign being called “bigots”.
Nick Clegg caused controversy recently after his office issued, and later retracted, a speech in which opponents of same-sex marriages were called “bigots”.