A GAY politician recently elected to the European Parliament has said same sex-marriage “breeds homophobia,” while a colleague from the same party has called for gay conversion therapy to be made available to all.

Last week, the Star Observer reported on the election of the two controversial United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) candidates to Members of the European Parliament (MEP).

David Coburn, elected as an MEP in Scotland, said last week he’d scrap same-sex marriage despite being in an openly-gay relationship for the past 30 years.

“Civil partnerships should be enough,” Coburn told the Scotsman newspaper.

“Gay marriage breeds homophobia as people are happy enough to tolerate gay people.

“I don’t see the point of crossing the road to pick a fight with people of faith.”

In March, the MEP said advocating for same-sex marriage amounted to performing a “victory roll over a defeated enemy.”

Same-sex marriage was legalised in England and Wales in March and is due to be introduced in Scotland later this year.

Meanwhile, fellow UKIP MEP Roger Helmer, who represents England’s East Midlands, has compared gay conversion therapy to gender reassignment surgery and has said treatments to “cure” homosexuality should be available free on Britain’s National Health Service (NHS).

“One person is unhappy with their physical sex and wants to change it and we say, ‘OK you can do it’,” he told the Daily Mail.

“You have a homosexual who says, ‘I’m homosexual, actually I’d rather be straight, is there a way of fixing it?’

“We say to the person who wants to change from a man to a woman or vice versa, ‘please do that on the NHS’,” Helmer added.

“We say to this guy, ‘That’s wicked, you’re not allowed to think about it’.”

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has previously defended Helmer’s views, saying “he’s somebody of 70 years of age who grew up… in an age when homosexuality was actually imprisonable, and he had a certain set of views which he maintained for many years which he now says he accepts the world’s moved on and he’s relaxed about.”

UKIP, whose primary policy is the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, are now the largest UK party in the European Parliament although they currently have no seats in the House of Commons.

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