Baroness Joan Christabel Knight, on a spot with BBC Radio 5 Live Breakfast Show, defended herself and the speech she made in the House of Lords against marriage equality.
Part of Knight’s argument was that Parliament can never grant full equality.
“This bill is supposed to be all about equality. The trouble is people can’t be made to ensure equality, because as I said, frankly a rather higher authority than any of us, has already decreed that we’re all different, and thank God for it,” said Knight.
“Some are lazier, more clever, more tall, more short, some are blind, while others can see, and you can’t change those things by a parliamentary law.”
Knight also remarked, “Homosexuals are often delightful people, very artistic.”
When questioned about calling homosexuals “artistic,” she responded, “they are!” and explained, “We’ve all got friends who are homosexuals, they’re often extremely clever, very good at artistic things. Very good at things like antiques, knowledgeable. No reason at all to say that they’re not loving, I wasn’t saying that.”
Knight said her support of Clause 28 was not against homosexuals, but against children ages four and five from learning of “homosexual” acts. She also made it a point to add, “I made it quite clear that I also would have opposed what’s called straight sex, being taught to children as young as four as well.”
“I really felt that children should be left to their innocence particularly at that stage, it’s too young,” Knight added. “I made that point very clear, but it’s always been misunderstood, because I have absolutely no reason to suppose at all that homosexuals are less able to have a loving relationship.”
When the reporter said, “if you have a problem with same-sex marriage, don’t marry someone of the same sex,” she responded that marriage is primarily for procreation.
Knight said, “Marriage is not just about love. It’s about creating children. After all, the whole setup really is about people created to create children.”
When asked to think about how she would have felt, fifty years ago, if she knew the Conservative Government would be pushing for marriage equality, she responded saying she probably would have “laughed.”
She explained, “there have been many changes, and many of them have been very good. I would never for one moment [have]suggested there ought to be the kind of treatment of homosexuals that Oscar Wilde had, or Turing had, that wonderful man who did a lot to save our lives in the War.”
Knight concluded her defense with, “I’m not against homosexuals, I’m for children.”