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LGBT campaigners must reject Flat Earth views and allow a debate which respects rights of all

letter of the day: gay rights

As a critic of the LGBT agenda, I took the opportunity of watching the Pride parade in Belfast on Saturday. The main theme was "equal marriage" and I have no doubt that many in the parade sincerely believe such a status is obtainable. But, in reality, it has all the intellectual force of the Flat Earth Society.

It is physiologically impossible for a same-sex couple to replicate a heterosexual union on many fronts and it would be much more progressive if the campaigners found another name for it. The marriage equality they desire is unobtainable, not by fiat of their opponents, but by the limitations of the human body.

What is needed is a rebalancing of rights. The National Trust debacle arose because, at one of its properties, volunteers were compelled to wear rainbow badges to celebrate the anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexual acts. Those who refused to wear the tags were ordered not to occupy any role which brought them into contact with members of the general public.

Some label it "homofascism" and it is an issue which the LGBT movement must be compelled to face. Their rights cannot be allowed to trump the rights of those who wish to publicly challenge, or disagree with, them. The right not to service their activities on grounds of conscience must also be established. Any criticism at all is immediately labelled homophobic in a deliberate effort to stifle debate.

Then, into this controversy sails the PSNI, crassly embracing a political campaign. And to add hurt to injury, it extends an invitation to the Garda Siochana, which steadfastly refuses to send witnesses north to the Kingsmill inquest.

We need a fair debate to establish an accommodation which reflects reality, equality, freedom and the rights of all.

ron crawford

Dromore, Co Down

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