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Alliance's stance weakens appeal

Published 14/08/2015

The article by Alf McCreary on the Alliance Party's policy on same-sex marriage and response by councillor Brown of the party are interesting.

I feel the Alliance Party will lose its breadth of support among voters now that it has clarified its position for candidates at next year's Assembly elections.

Councillor Brown talks about 80% support for same-sex marriage among Alliance members, but this still ignores the glaring fact that up to 20% either are opposed to the redefinition of marriage or are undecided.

The party's appeal to a diverse electorate is now reduced and it weakens what could have been a healthy debate on this subject.

There is more to this issue than equality and it's unfortunate that its policy-makers have stifled future debate by removing it from the agenda. The electorate will have the final say on the matter.

ROBERT COUSINS

Belfast

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