Councilor Cliff Brunt from the town of Hadleigh in Essex, England has announced that he will be stepping down at the next election because of Prime Minister David Cameron’s passing of same-sex marriage in England and Wales.
Brunt, a member of the conservative Tory party, expressed that the legalization of marriage equality was responsible for his decision to not run in the next election.
“It was a sad for day this country when it was passed. I am a Christian and my view is that marriage should be between a man and a woman,” he said, as reported by Echo News.
A fellow councilor, Mark Flewitt, who is also a member of the Tory party but openly gay, said of Brunt’s stepping down, “It is a real shame and a waste of all his political efforts. If two people of the same sex want to be together in marriage in 2013…[then why]shouldn’t they be?”
Based on a recent report, 46 percent of the UK’s LGBT voters have shown support for Prime Minister Cameron and prefer him over other candidates, including Ed Milliband, who received 37 percent of LGBT votes, and Nick Clegg, who received 17 percent.
Same-sex marriage is scheduled to commence in England and Wales on Saturday, March 29, 2014.