Ian Duncan-Smith is claiming that comments from his policy group, which stated that same sex couples were "irrelevent" to his work shaping family policy, have been distorted.
Mr Duncan Smith told the Telepgraph that Same-sex partnerships do not "register on the Richter scale of how to bring up children", Mr Duncan Smith added.
Mr Duncan Smith later said a factual response had been "distorted into an alleged slur on gay couples" and that it had been taken "out of context".
To be fair to Mr Duncan Smith, he has a better record than most Tories on equality for gay people, and I genuinely hope he was not being homophobic. However, we all know that homophobia still exists in the Tory party (just look at the comments made in earlier posts regarding the homophobic comments at the selection meeting of North Norfolk Conservatives).
However, with Iain Dale & John Wilkes with comments from Cassilis, all Tories, taking this issue up and being quite shocked, it appears that there is a feeling even amongst more "modern" Tories that this is the old Tory Party rearing its ugly head.
Read the BBC report HERE.