James Malliff, pictured, made the comments
via micro-blogging site Twitter in response to David Cameron's
pro-gay speech at the annual party conference, last week.
Malliff, a Cabinet member for Big Society and Localism,
disagreed with Cameron's pledge to achieve marriage equality,
writing: "There is no doubt the PM is wrong on this issue. We may
as well legalise marriage with animals, crude I concede but no
He quickly deleted the tweet, but not before screen grabs were
taken and shown to the Evening Standard who reported on the story
earlier this afternoon.
Another tweet on his feed reads: "Great keynote address by David
Cameron, not sure about legalising gay marriage though, what
happened to sanctity of marriage #odd".
A Conservative party spokesman said action was being taken
against Malliff, adding: "This language is completely
Cllr Malliff apologised, saying: "I respect the rights of people
to hold different views to my own. It was not an anti-gay
statement, more a comment about where we draw the line."