The famously anti-LGBT+ Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in Northern Ireland is running an openly gay candidate for council elections.
If Bennington is elected, she will be the DUP’s first ever openly gay elected representative.
DUP’s first gay candidate Alison Bennington is an ‘excellent candidate’
Bennington said she is “delighted” to have been selected to run for council elections as a DUP candidate.
“I am putting myself before the electorate based on what I can deliver for them as a councillor working alongside a strong team of colleagues, not based on my sexual orientation,” she said.
“I regard my private and family life as a matter for myself in the same way as everyone else.”
“I am putting myself before the electorate based on what I can deliver for them as a councillor working alongside a strong team of colleagues, not based on my sexual orientation.”
– Openly gay DUP candidate Alison Bennington
Meanwhile, a DUP spokesman said that Bennington is “an excellent candidate and will make an excellent representative for the people of Glengormley.”
She was also in attendance yesterday at the DUP’s local government election manifesto launch in Belfast.
DUP leader Arlene Foster said in a speech at the event that their vision for Northern Ireland is one where “we value and cherish people from every background.”
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