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Belfast City Hall celebrates Pride in the only part of the UK where gays will be banned from marrying

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  1. To be fair, Belfast (and the whole of the stolen north of Ireland) is founded upon and is run to the “standards” of 1568

  2. Colin Andrew 1966 6 Jul 2013, 4:21pm

    The Unionists are always bleating about being part of the UK but only when it suits them.

    1. Christine Beckett 6 Jul 2013, 4:33pm

      Same as it ever was…..

    2. GingerlyColors 6 Jul 2013, 9:40pm

      Unfortunately it seems that some people can have their cake and eat it. If the Unionists wish to remain British then they should practice our tolerant ways.

  3. Robert in S. Kensington 6 Jul 2013, 4:26pm

    If more catholics moved to the northand outnumbered protestants in a referendum to reunite with the Republic and where equal marriage isn’t far off, it would solve the problem. Having more catholics as the majority is the DUP’s worst nightmare.

    1. That There Other David 6 Jul 2013, 5:16pm

      A majority of NI Catholics also want to remain in the UK. Much better that these hypothetical immigrants from The South help to vote in candidates from issues-based parties instead of playing the same old game Time to move politics in the Six Counties into the present day. LGBT people over there are sick to death of being stuck in the middle of all this deadlock.

    2. We don’t need Catholics from the Republic to move North, because demographics (there are many more Catholic teenagers) will automatically make Catholics the majority in Northern Ireland, probably by the next census, due in 2021.
      BUT that won’t solve the problem. Protestant Unionists have used their blocking veto against equal marriage. This can only be overridden if a majority of both Catholic and Protestant Assembly Members vote for marriage equality. Only one Unionist voted yes to marriage equality.
      Marriage Equality will only reach Northern Ireland if LGBT couples there launch a discrimination case and take it all the way to the European Court of Human Rights.

    3. Michael126 8 Jul 2013, 10:30am

      Thats just it though it wouldnt solve the problem it would create more. What most people seem to forget is that there is over 850000 Protestants who do not want to live in a United Ireland and if forced then there will be bloodshed on a scale not seen yet. Everyone seems to have this rosey picture that a United Ireland will be lovely and peaceful and we all skip merrily together down the street. The reality will be something totally different.

      1. Michael126 8 Jul 2013, 10:33am

        Oh and I have just noticed a side bar saying how the Pope is against equal marriage. So it’s not just Protestants. Wonder how many Catholics (especially those in Sinn Fein) reconcile their support for equal marriage with their faith….

  4. Yet another example of the DUP playing dirty. They’ll never stop. I really don’t understand why anyone votes for these most vile, bigoted, self-righteous hypocrites.

  5. The Ulster folk I know who live in England often tell me that the first thing they took time to get used to here is that, generally speaking, nobody cares about your religion. It is usually what makes them decide they can never go back. especially if they are gay.

  6. DUP yapping on again about marriage equality?

    Will someone please give them an aneurysm and tell them that Paisley Sr’s old mucker John Paul II is going to be made a saint?

    For those who’ve forgotten, JP was the guy who (in 1983) redefined sainthood as requiring only two miracles, not four, and changing what the world had understood for centuries as “sainthood”.

    So next time you hear a Catholic priest banging on about marriage, remind him that if you can change who can become a saint, you can change who can get married.

  7. Tim Hanafin 6 Jul 2013, 7:13pm

    Another good reason never to set foot in the place.

  8. Couldn’t we just have had a positive story about the city hall bathed in Rainbow lights to celebrate today’s Pride march and party? It would be great to have some support from other LGBT communities instead of comments like Tim Hanafins. Less of the hate please folks, this is a beautiful city but like all cities it has its good and not so good points, or do you live on a perfect world Tim??

  9. Being the last country in Western Europe will put enormous pressure on Northern Ireland. It is only a matter of time.

  10. GingerlyColors 6 Jul 2013, 9:47pm

    The right to get married is a human rights issue and therefore should be introduced throughout the whole of the United Kingdom and not just parts of it.
    Since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement a lot of progress has been made in reining in the paramilitaries and improving inter-communal relations but a lot of work still needs to be done. I always like to judge a country on how it treats it’s gay population and unfortunately Northern Ireland still lags behind the rest of the UK on that issue.
    I used to resent Sinn Fein because of their support for the IRA but since then I have warmed to them not only because they have turned their back on violence but also because of their support for marriage equality on both sides of the border, an issue which puts the Unionists in the shade.

  11. Religious fundamentalists 1; Democracy 0 unfortunately from a weak government that fears their wrath more than that of the majority of the people. Are European religious fanatics any different from their equivalent in the middle-east?

  12. Andy Gunn 7 Jul 2013, 2:11pm

    I live in belfast and i can say with a certainty that religious bigots have every opportunity to bully and harass the gay community. Yesterday at pride a preacher was at city hall near the main event screaming into a microphone. Its unfortunate but this is the price of peace in NI religious bigots have to be given all the rights and power to stop the mayhem of the troubles. Minorities of any type have no say or voice, i think the best thing honestly is for gay people to leave belfast. I know i will, because it will never change.

    1. You can run. I will stay here in Belfast and fight.

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