Openly gay British actor, writer, comedian and intellectual Stephen Fry has launched an attack on opponents of same-sex marriage by declaring that “there are 260 species of animal which display gay tendencies, but only one that is homophobic: humans.”
Fry was speaking in a video made for the Out4Marriage campaign. Although launched in the UK, the campaign is an initiative that was inspired by the ‘It Gets Better’ YouTube project.
Out4Marriage supports changing the law to allow gay couples, both in the UK and worldwide, to legally marry.
In the video, Fry specifically addresses various religious arguments against same-sex marriage, stating that those who support same-sex marriage are not dedicated to forcing unwilling religious leaders to carry out same-sex marriage ceremonies if they do not believe in them.
During the three-minute monologue, laced with Fry’s inimitable and irascible humour, he takes the Church of England to task for kowtowing to “screeching” extremists.
“Those against gay marriage are somehow spreading this disinformation that we are going to say that, ‘You, Reverend So-and-So, are forced to hold this gay marriage in your church.’ It is not true,” Fry says.
“The most important thing for me is that a misconception is cleared up that equal rights for gay marriage are not about forcing priests or clerics of any religion to marry people in their churches if they do not want to. It is not about that.”
Watch Fry’s full video below.