UUP's Kennedy corrects his gaffe on gay relationships
A prominent Ulster Unionist last night moved to clear up any confusion after he mistakenly said he opposed gay relationships.
Danny Kennedy, who is seeking re-election to the Assembly in Newry and Armagh, was on a cross-party panel on the BBC's Sunday Politics show
He was stating his opposition to relaxing the abortion law here when he added: "I am also opposed to same-sex relationships."
On Twitter one person labelled the remark "disgraceful".
A second said: "Danny Kennedy just said on air he is opposed to same-sex relationships - he did NOT say same-sex marriage!"
Another said the comment shows "NI politics is bonkers".
But last night Mr Kennedy said: "I am happy to clarify my comments. I simply mis-spoke and meant to say 'marriage' and not 'relationships'. Everyone is entitled to make their own decision on their individual lifestyle."