Conservative MP David Davies has attempted to play down accusations that he is prejudiced against homosexual people by posting a video of himself boxing against an openly gay boxer in 2008.
He said that he started training with Charles 'Pink Pounder' Jones subsequently because he respected and liked him.
Davies came under criticism yesterday for saying that "most parents" would prefer their children to not be gay.
He posted the following video on Twitter along with the comment: "Once fought [a] gay boxer. Respect and like. Trained with [him] after bout so not bigoted. Activists calm down - listen to other view".
Same-sex marriage will remain illegal in the Church of England, as the Government unveiled its plans to extend marriage to gay couples.
David Cameron is facing a backlash from Tory MPs and religious groups over allowing gay weddings in churches.