A UKIP candidate for Mid Ulster has warned against legalising same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, saying it lacks legitimacy.
The Tyrone Times reports Alan Day said: “No government has the right to redefine marriage.”
He added: “Personally, I believe that marriage is constituted for the lifelong union of man and woman, for the procreation of children.
“I believe traditional marriage remains the most stable way for children to be raised, and should be supported and protected by government.”
The Stormont Assembly will debate equal marriage on Tuesday in a Private Members’ Motion filed by several MLAs.
Sinn Fein, the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), the Alliance Party and the Greens all support equal marriage.
David McNarry said: “Proposals to introduce homosexual and lesbian ‘marriage’, represent unacceptable intrusion by the state into matters of personal conscience. In a truly free society, such interference must be strongly resisted”.