Orangeman's comments galling for gay unionists
As a former member of the Loyal Orange Institution of England and a gay man I take great exception to the homophobic remarks of Stuart Brooker, Fermanagh's Co grand master.
I find it particularly galling and offensive that Brooker and so many self-styled unionists are prepared to chant "civil and religious liberty for all and special privileges for none".
And yet they condone permanent compulsory coalition government with Sinn Fein in the NI Assembly on one hand, whilst condemning love between consenting adults and denying same-sex couples the right to marry one another, on the other.
Whilst acknowledging that 'for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God' (Romans 3:23), may one ask which is the greater abomination - sharing executive and legislative powers with the enemies of Ulster and the Union, or celebrating love between consenting adults?
Furthermore, if self-styled unionists and members of the Orange Institution continue to deny civil and religious liberty to members of the LGBT community at the same time as affording it to heterosexual adulterers and divorcees, is it any surprise LGBT members of the unionist family feel disenfranchised. Therefore they feel unable to support unionist parties in local authority, Assembly and parliamentary elections - to the detriment of the Union as a whole.
If in future elections such unionists lose control of local authorities and/or the NI Assembly to Sinn Fein, they will have only themselves to blame.