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Free Presbyterian minister slams DUP for electing ‘out and out lesbian’

A Free Presbyterian minister in Northern Ireland has criticised the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) for running an “out and out lesbian” in the local elections. In a video obtained by the BBC, Reverend John Greer of the Free Presbyterian Church in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, slammed the anti-LGBT+ party’s decision to run lesbian candidate Alison Bennington. Last Friday, Bennington made history when she was elected to Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council in Northern Ireland, making her the DUP’s first openly LGBT+ elected representative. Rev John Greer said sodomy is ‘the big...
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Sinn Fein claims UK Government ‘assured’ gay marriage in Northern Ireland

The British Government has denied reports it is prepared to overrule the DUP to introduce equal marriage in Northern Ireland. Sinn Fein and the DUP began fresh talks aimed at restoring power-sharing to Northern Ireland on Tuesday (May 7). The region’s devolved parliament collapsed more than two years ago over a bungled renewable energy scheme. A lengthy impasse has ensued, with the DUP’s opposition to equal marriage forming a major stumbling block in attempts to reach a deal. Conor Murphy, a former MP and MLA, has suggested that the UK...
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Lesbian DUP candidate Alison Bennington to win council seat

Alison Bennington, the Democratic Unionist Party’s first-ever openly gay candidate, is poised to win a local council seat as the results of the 2019 local elections roll in. Early results indicate that Bennington will be elected to Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council in Northern Ireland, making her the anti-gay marriage party’s first LGBT+ representative. Bennington was the second most popular DUP candidate after first preference votes had been counted (Northern Ireland uses a proportional representation system in its local elections), the Belfast News Letter reported on Friday (May 3). Once...
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