As many took to the polls at the European and local elections today, PinkNews took some time to reminisce on the top ten most homophobic things said by UKIP supporters and candidates over recent years.
From saying PinkNews readers should be sectioned under the Mental Health Act, to claiming that it is okay to be homophobic if you are over 70, the party has been a fountain of anti-gay remarks.
In no particular order, here are ten of the worst comments made by the âKippers.
8. UKIP CANDIDATE WRITES ON FACEBOOKÂ THATÂ âPOOFTERSâ SHOULD BE SHOT
On 17 February, John Lyndon Sullivan wrote on Facebook: âI rather often wonder if we shot one âpoofterâ (GLBT whatevers), whether the next 99 would decide on balance, that they werenât after-all? We might then conclude that itâs not a matter of genetics, but rather more of education ;)â
UKIPâs mighty leader Nigel Farage said he was âunawareâ of Sullivanâs remarks,Â despite reports in the media.
Sullivan previously said physical education could âprevent homosexualityâ,Â and last yearÂ failed to be elected as a councillor for Newent in Gloucestershire.
7. LOCAL CANDIDATE CLAIMS THAT GAY PEOPLE ARE LIKE âPRISONERS WHO NEED FREEDOMâ
John Kearney, standing forÂ Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council in the ward of Winklebury this week saidÂ heÂ believes gay people are âpromiscuousâ and resemble âprisoners who need freedomâ will not face disciplinary action.
He said: âThe Church of England will fall very soon and be conducting gay weddings and we will have the neo-Catholics in our church âgiving us their compassionate viewsâ, but the Church will stay strong despite their onslaught.
âWe must pray for the gay community that they will see that they are indeed prisoners who need freedom.â
Yes, please free us Mr Kearney. Itâs what weâve all been waiting for.
6. UKIP DONOR SAYS GAY PEOPLE ARE INCAPABLE OF LOVE, BELIEVES WOMEN SHOULD BE BANNED FROM WEARING TROUSERS, AND HAS WARPED VIEWS ABOUT RAPE
5. PARISH COUNCILLOR SAYS IT IS A âTRAGEDYâ THAT SECTION 28 WAS ABOLISHED
A UKIP Parish Councillor claimed it wasÂ a âtragedyâ that Section 28, which prevented the discussion of homosexuality in schools, was ever repealed, because gays want to âdestroy the traditional familyâ.
Iain McLaughlan, a UKIP member of Orton Waterville Parish Council in Peterborough,Â made the comments on FacebookÂ in February, while praising Vladimir Putin for banning adoption by foreign gay couples.
4. UKIP LEADER NIGEL FARAGE SUGGESTS THAT ITâS OK TO BE HOMOPHOBIC IF A PERSON IS AGED 70 OR OLDER
The top dogÂ made the remarks on Newsnight in an interview with Jeremy Paxman. HeÂ was defending the partyâs candidate for the Newark by-election MEP Roger Helmer.
The 70-year-old recentlyÂ said the public should be able to freely and openly dislike gay people, asÂ they would different types of tea.
In 2000, while a Conservative MEP, Mr Helmer said: âThe homosexual lobby wants to be accepted as a âvalid alternative lifestyleâ.
âI will argue homosexual behaviour is abnormal and undesirable.
3. FORMER UKIP CANDIDATE WRITES THAT PINKNEWS READERS SHOULD BE SECTIONED UNDER THE MENTAL HEALTH ACT
Dr Julia Gasper, who has since joined the English Democrats as a European candidate, previouslyÂ wrote that gay people needed to stop âcomplaining about persecutionâ and start expressing âgratitudeâ to straight people, on whom they are reliant to be born.
Since joining the English Democrats, Dr Gasper has been busy,Â calling for Grindr to be banned,Â and sayingÂ Daniel Radcliffe andÂ a âqueer mafiaâ were responsible for âvictimisingâ former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich into stepping down.Â She alsoÂ recently claimed that world AIDS day âcelebratesâ those who âspreadâ HIV.
2. UKIP COUNCILLOR CLAIMS THAT DAVID CAMERONâS SUPPORT FOR SAME-SEX MARRIAGE CAUSED FLOODS
Mr Silvester defected to UKIP from the Conservatives in 2012 in opposition to same-sex marriage.
What was that, sorry we canât hear you over the deafening sound of this glorious sunshine.
1. Councillor says that he is âbaffledâ by homosexuality
The councillor also discussedÂ having an affair with an unnamed woman, and also about his difficulties in using appropriately sized condoms.
He later denied accusations of homophobia, saying he respected the âlifestyle choiceâ of gay people.
Source: Pink News