Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 20 August 2014

Being British is allowing gay couples to wed

SCOTLAND has shown that legislation to allow equal marriage for the LGBT community can, at the same time, allow the religious freedoms of others not to practise same-sex marriage – either as a registrar, or within their church – to be respected.

It now leaves Northern Ireland as the only part of the UK where same-sex marriage will not be happening before the end of this year. Even worse, any such marriage that takes place elsewhere in the UK will not be recognised, should the couple move here.

The so-called 'unionist' parties are always going on about how they need to protect their British culture. However, with the exception of a very small number of unionist politicians, the Protestant, unionist, loyalist LGBT community is not being represented in Stormont, nor is their Britishness being respected.

STEPHEN GLENN

Bangor, Co Down

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