Aggressive homosexuals: Gerald Howarth, meet Maurice Williamson

by Toby Manhire / 21 May, 2013
Tory MP’s remark sparks comic derision – and contrasts with his NZ conservative counterpart’s famous speech.
Britain’s bill to legalise same-sex marriage appears to have been salvaged after Conservative leader David Cameron achieved a salvage deal with the Labour opposition to vote down a government MP’s “wrecking amendment”.

But along the way, another Conservative MP, former defence minister Sir Gerald Howarth, delivered a speech alerting his honourable friends to the existence of the “aggressive homosexual community”.

He said (listen here):

I believe the playing field is not being levelled. I believe that the pendulum is swinging so far the other way - and there are plenty in the aggressive homosexual community who see this as but a stepping stone to something even further.

That triggered a swift comedic counterattack on Twitter, with the #aggressivehomosexuals hashtag.

Among the numerous efforts:

Sir Ian McKillem

Oscar Wild

Carol Ann Duffyou up

Ellen Degenerate

William Shake-spear

George Michael was in a group called WHAM, for goodness sake.

There was even a members’ badge whipped for this popular new club.

Oddly enough New Zealand conservative MP Maurice Williamson delivered his own comedy riposte to the “aggressive homosexual” scaremongering in his now-famous “gay rainbow” speech last month as New Zealand passed its own marriage equality legislation.



Williamson might have been addressing Howarth directly when he said:

I want to say that the good news about spending years in this Parliament is that you learn to deflect all of the dreadful sort of fire and brimstone accusations that people say are going to happen. I have had a reverend in my local electorate call and say that the gay onslaught will start the day after this bill is passed. We are really struggling to know what the gay onslaught will look like. We do not know whether it will come down the Pakuranga Highway as a series of troops, or whether it will be a gas that flows in over the electorate and blocks us all in.

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