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  1. Dan Filson 26 Jul 2011, 2:48pm

    They’re not pitching for the LGB vote then.

  2. The DUP headquarters say they were only contacted on the 21st July and they all have busy schedules.

    Their response to Belfast Pride was that they could not supply someone because they were on holiday.

    Jim Wells’ Text was dated 16th July which means his office was contacted before that date.

    They have 39 MLA’s (the largest amount of any party) and god knows how many councillors and not one thinks they should make time for the LGBT community.

    They have been asked for years to attend these type of political events but have always been too busy.

    Jim Wells is Vice Chair of the Health Committee and from 2013 he will be Health Minister for Northern Ireland. A position of some importance to the LGBT community and one for which he is tasked with treating everyone equally and I would assume with at least some level of civility and respect.

    1. Dan Filson 26 Jul 2011, 3:06pm

      Peter Robinson’s ‘fresh face’ for the DUP is only skin deep, as deep down they are still into Ian Paisley’s megaphone bigotry.

        1. That should have read – Freshface!?

  3. Not to put to fine a point on it, but why would you want, as a gay person, anything to do with the DUP? They’re fascists.

    1. Because they run the health ministry and they decide on funding priorities, they hold the finance and First Minister positions as well. Do you not think it important to engage with your political leaders? my opinion of them, or my sexuality has no bearing on the need (or indeed right) to have that dialogue.

      1. I’m an anarchist, so view even the most well meaning politicians as misguided, and certainly not “leaders.” People like the DUP, on the other hand, are authoritarian bigots. But my point wasn’t that you shouldn’t have a dialogue. If they’re going to weild their spurious authority over you, you need to hold them to account. I was merely stating that these pigs should neither be desired, nor welcomed at any event the gay community has put together.

        1. Spanner1960 26 Jul 2011, 11:44pm

          Well surely, as an anarchist, you would allow fascist, racist homophobes to do as they wish, wouldn’t you?
          You can’t have your cake and eat it, sunshine.

          1. What that doesn’t even make sense Anarchism has nothing to do with fascism.

          2. I didn’t say that they can’t say or do what they want, I merely stated that we shouldn’t be to concerned about inviting goose-stepping halfwits like the DUP to pride marches.

          3. Under anarchism, executing gay people would also be allowed. Discriminating against gay people would also be allowed… on and on.

            Good job spanner on educating these “anarchists” (they are not, they only take that label because they are gay in my opinion and don’t even know what anarchism would entail).

  4. Hey hey hey, I’m sure they had a legitimate reason for not attending, like the dog ate their homework, or they forgot they’re gym bag, I’m sure it’s not because a they’re a big bunch of ignorant bigotted homophobes.

    1. Paddyswurds 27 Jul 2011, 11:05am

      ….sorry to be picky Sara but “they’re gym bag,” would, if expanded, read “they are gym bag” I think what you probably meant was “their gym bag” and misspelled “bigoted” probably means your keyboard has a sticky “t” key.

      1. Patrick Lyster-Todd 27 Jul 2011, 10:09pm

        Hang on a second. Why can’t people express their views in the best way they know – even if their spelling, punctuation and grammar aren’t perfect – without having to run the gamut of the Spelling Police? Paddyswurds – your comment here was patronising and you should apologise, especially as it’s quite clear that you aren’t sorry at all …

  5. Oh dear. First it’s Iris Robinson and her vile husband. Then it was that idiot Ian Paisley Junior. & now this!! About time we returned Northern Ireland back to the Irish me thinks. Saying that, they do have enough problems as it is.

    1. BUt the DUP are not Irish – they are staunchly British (or so they say). Britain can keep them and their vicious brand of protestant sharia law.

      1. Paddyswurds 27 Jul 2011, 11:15am

        ….beg to differ Steve, but they most certainly are Irish as they were both born on the Island of Ireland and are entitled to Irish Passports should they wish to avail of them as Ian Paisly snr has.. Politically they are British and claim to uphold the Union altho they would sem to be a little ropey on some aspects of the British ethos. Both are fundi xtians and are wont to spout pick and choose passages from the old testament when it suits their purpose. Sixty two y/o Mrs Robinson has a penchant for teenagers and her cukolded husband compensates by counting his thousand plus neckties….lol.

    2. Dan Filson 26 Jul 2011, 6:18pm

      But not all from Northern Ireland are bigots.
      People abandoned the old Unionist party as it was perceived as too closely associated with the old landed gentry, whereas the DUP was clearly not and also articulated better the fears (rightly or wrongly) of the protestant population about the other forces at work destroying the peace. Sadly part of the baggage of the DUP was the extreme form of the protestantism that the DUP embraced. One had hoped that Peter Robinson might break free and embrace a broader church, literally and figuratively, but he and his wife are bigots and have no inclination to change their, or their party’s, spots.

      1. Paddyswurds 27 Jul 2011, 11:23am

        @Dan Filson….
        …..I agree with most of what you said Dan with one exception. There never was a peace to destroy. The Unionist party ruled the north of Ireland from partition until 1972 by gerrymander and kept the Nationalist or if you like Indigenous population totally under thumb. They didn’t have a vot yat Protestant businessmen could have up to 6 votes. Catholic or Nationalists if you like were kept out of places like the shipyards, councils, police and other important aspects of life in the north of Ireland. The whole thing fell apart in 1969 with the civil rights march which was brutally broken up by the para militaristic RUC which was and still is the only armed police force in the UK or Ireland.

    3. john_ireland 27 Jul 2011, 12:05am

      no you can keep them. we dont want them

  6. The DUP is a party for evangelical extremist protestantism – similar to those lunatic fundamentalist churches in the US.The Free Presbyterian Church (from which the DUP gets much support) is marginally less extreme than the Westboro Baptist Church.

    This is the church and the party that teen-lover iris Robinson comes from.

    The DUP represent everything that is nasty, hateful and bigotted about Northern Ireland.

  7. These people term themselves “gay”. Using and denograting old English terms as euphanisms for sodomy and buggery is classic communism designed to eradicate decency from our lives and supplant it with an emasculated society wherin men become house husbands spending all day deciding if they should wear pink, whilst thier wives earn the daily bread. The world’s gone barmy.

    1. This post is wrong on so many levels! Firstly you are a deluded fool if you think that straight people don’t engage in “sodomy and buggery” as well. Secondly its insulting to women to insinuate that there is anything wrong with them being the primary earners in a family. You and your antique, anti-equality deserve ridicule.

    2. awww, have just reported you for being a bigotted homophobe

    3. Paddyswurds 26 Jul 2011, 5:13pm

      @Sue Bowen…
      ….this is the sort of bigot the EHRC is fighting to support. Someone who castigates people for misusing old English “terms” sic. yet she cannot spell simple words like denigrate, wherein and euphemism.
      She is also stuck in a stone age where she believes women should be tied to the kitchen sink and men should know their place.
      This is the ignorant bigoted face of xtianism and one we are about to become very familiar with, so be prepared.

    4. Dan Filson 26 Jul 2011, 6:21pm

      And why does “Sue Bowen” post read Pink Paper and post ill-spelt comments? No doubt she feels that LGB relationships threaten conventional marriages

      1. Paddyswurds 26 Jul 2011, 7:05pm

        @Dan Filson…
        …….not that i’m defending Sue Bowen, but where did you see “Pink Paper” in her certainly ill spelled and bigoted post?
        Methinks a visit to a certain High street optical aid emporium is in order Dan.

    5. Mumbo Jumbo 26 Jul 2011, 7:32pm

      Nurse! She’s escaped again!

    6. “The world’s gone barmy.”

      From reading your post, Sue, I’d say its just you sweetie.

  8. The Equality and Human Rights Commission is fighting for the ‘right’ of religious extremists (like the DUP) to discriminate against LGBT people.

    1. Dan Filson 26 Jul 2011, 6:22pm

      No it isn’t, for the umpteenth time.

      1. But it is. This compromise nonsense is thinly veiled dicrimination, but discrimination none the less.

      2. Paddyswurds 27 Jul 2011, 11:28am

        @Dan Filson….
        ……maybe not, but that is the sum total of what will be the result of their idiotic EDM 2081, whether you agree or not. This just another weazly move on behalf of the Law and Justice Tories. Get ready for Section 28 part two and gay club raids.

      3. Yes it is.

        Your ostrich like refusal to acknowledge the truly devastating impact that the EHRC’s disgraceful position will have on equality legislation is truly appalling.

  9. Well if people expected the DUP to do anything but be opposed to gay people in every single way.

  10. Well im proud to say I didn’t vote for them in the last general election. I was just after coming from the UTV website about this topic and I was actually shocked at the amount of people agreeing with the DUP on this. Same old Northern Ireland. Shocking stuff that a party like this is in power.

    1. This is Northern Ireland – a place where evangelical protestantism is alive and kicking like no place else in the UK.

      The catholic church is bigotted for sure but ordinary catholics in NI are far less fundamentalist than the crazed fundie bigots.

      And now that Equality legislation is under attack in the UK (with the approval and support of the EHRC) then I predict a very hard time for LGBT people in NI,.

  11. Jock S. Trap 27 Jul 2011, 10:59am

    Clearly the wrong type of ‘demo’, they don’t like peaceful and respectful.

  12. “I find the behaviour of those who take part in this march repugnant.” So says Jim Wells!!
    This year will be the fourth time I take part in the Belfast Pride Parade, an event which is very much a cross-community one, is very inclusive, and one, which in essence, merely celebrates one aspect of the Almighty’s creation. And Mr Wells finds MY behaviour repugnant – what an arrogant twerp!! Of course, Mr Wells much prefers that other big July parade through Belfast ..the one which is the total antithesis of cross-community and inclusive.
    Ultimately Mr Wells is more to be pitied than scorned!!

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