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  • 11 December 2012, 10:55

Davies: I'm No Bigot, I Fought A Gay Boxer

A Conservative MP has denied being a bigot after he spokes out against same-sex marriage - by declaring he once fought a gay boxer.

David Davies, the MP for Monmouth, was accused of bigotry after claiming most parents would prefer their children not to be gay.

In a bid to defend himself, he took to Twitter and said: "Once fought gay boxer. Respect & like.trained with after bout so not bigoted. actvists calm down- listen to other views."

He also posted a video of himself fighting Charles Jones, nicknamed the "Pink Pounder".

Earlier, the MP - who is a father-of-three - had written on the micro-blog site: "I'm no bigot. bigots r the activists who wont accept a different view."

The row was sparked when Mr Davies spoke to BBC Radio Wales about the coalition's plans to change the law to allow gay marriages in church.

He said: "If there are any sort of areas where there isn't full equality with married couples then I'd be more than happy to support making changes to civic ceremonies, so I really don't know why we need to go ahead with this at all.

"I think most people are very tolerant and have no problem at all if people are gay but, and I hate to say this in a way because I expect it's going to cause controversy, but I think most parents would prefer their children not to be gay, knowing most parents want grandchildren if nothing else."

Mr Davies said he was not sure the Government could guarantee churches would not be forced to hold gay marriage ceremonies given the power of European courts.

"What I'm concerned about is what we were originally given a consultation on, and that is having gay marriage recognised by law which opens to door to all churches being forced to do that," Mr Davies said.

"It changes the way that sex education is going to be taught in schools. It's going to have an impact on teachers and I think it goes against what a lot of people feel very strongly about, particularly within the Conservative Party.

"There is a political calculation here, at some level, that this is going to be good and if we go ahead with it David Cameron's going to be carried shoulder high back into number 10 by Stonewall activists, and it simply isn't going to happen.

"What is going to happen is that we're going to lose a large number of very loyal activists who've gone out and campaigned for us over the years and who don't like this idea, so politically it's barking mad."

Mr Davies is a keen sportsman and has fought in several charity matches as "The Tory Tornado". In February 2011, he became the president of the Welsh Amateur Boxing Association.

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