ADDED ON: 07/31/2018

Sinn Fein ‘Making LGBT Rights an anti-Unionist Issue’

07/31/2018 | New Letter

A leading gay rights activist has accused Sinn Fein of turning the issue of LGBT rights in Northern Ireland into an “anti-unionist” issue. Ulster Unionist councilor Jeff Dudgeon made the claim after a Sinn Fein motion earlier this week to fly the ‘rainbow flag’ at some council buildings in NI, to coincide with the Gay Pride parade on August 4. The motion scraped through Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council last Monday night, despite opposition from some unionist councilors. DUP councilors voted against the move, while Ulster Unionists abstained from the vote. Mr. Dudgeon – who led the battle in the 1970s and 80s to decriminalize homosexuality in Northern Ireland – has challenged Sinn Fein’s approach to LGBT rights, and warned: “There is a danger that the rights of the LGBT community could become part of Northern Ireland’s ethnic dispute.”


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