But how reliable is UKIP on marriage? Or, to phrase the question another way, how passionate was the Conservative Party of the 1980s about restoring the institution of marriage after the ravages of the 1960s?
In January 2012 Cranmer's Curate was curious about where UKIP stood on the redefinition of marriage, so he rang a press officer at the party's headquarters in Devon. The gentleman told cc:
We are at heart a small-state organisation and we don't feel we should be interfering in people's private lives. We believe wholeheartedly in the married persons' tax allowance. We feel there are other ways of strengthening marriage that are not necessarily morally discriminatory. Ten years ago sitting here I would have been very happy to support a position of no gay marriage but that is no longer the case. The party has become broader
Then in March of that year UKIP released its statement coming out clearly against same-sex marriage and pointing out that Mr Cameron's innovation was alienating traditionally-minded voters and upsetting religious groups. Its stance has proved electorally profitable, contributing to its previously unthinkable by-election results towards the end of 2012 and latterly its stunning results in the local elections.
But if UKIP were to form a government or to become a significant force in a future government, would it work to make divorce more difficult? Would it work to restore the civilised concept of human fault in marital breakdown? Would it work to strengthen the access rights of fathers to their children after the tragedy of divorce? The track record of the Conservative government of the 1980s, still less that of John Major in the 1990s, was not spectacularly impressive in these respects.
Nigel Farage is a winsome and courageous political leader whose electoral success would appear to be in many ways thoroughly deserved because of the spiritual and moral capitulations of the Conservative Party to Blairism. But his spiritual home of the 1980s would appear to have too much room for the 1960s.
If its leader did communicate more of a sense that he had the words of Jesus stamped on his soul - "In the beginning God created them male and female. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife" (Mark 10v6-7 - NIV) - then that would help to dispel the whiff of libertarianism that hangs around UKIP.