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 apology."
As reported on DIVA yesterday, he quickly deleted the tweet, but
not before screen grabs were taken and shown to the Evening
Speaking to the ES, a party spokesman said: "These comments are
completely unacceptable. Councillor Malliff's local party
association has suspended him with immediate effect."
The rapid, zero-tolerance response by party leaders has been
praised by members of the gay community.
Cllr Malliff has since 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."