The government's policy of pushing ahead with gay marriage is tearing the Tory party apart, according to Ukip leader Nigel Farage. Farage claimed there is a gulf between rural and urban voters on the issue and that traditional Conservatives were feeling disillusioned by the policy. "While Ukip wholly respects the rights of gay people to have civil partnerships, we feel the prime minister's proposals will present an affront to millions of people in this country for whom this will be the final straw."Continuing:
Some have accused Ukip of opportunism, as opposing gay marriage appears contradictory to the libertarianism the party often preaches. But party chairman Steve Crowther told politics.co.uk: "As a libertarian party we have no objection to gay marriage per se, but we are opposed to the bill. "Libertarianism is about balancing people's rights. To deliver virtually no new rights at all for gay people the government is steamrolling those of religious people.