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David Cameron: I will never validate the DUP's stance on gay rights and LGBT issues

Prime Minister David Cameron has said he "will never validate" the DUP's stance on lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) issues.

The Tory leader said he “profoundly disagreed” with the party's policy on LGBT issues. The Prime Minister was being grilled by 10 potential young voters in BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat’s Live Lounge leader debate.

Mary Hassan, from Londonderry, told Mr Cameron that the DUP had done "significant and long-term damage” to the LGBT community in Northern Ireland."

Ms Hassan said: "They’ve consistently blocked motions for marriage equality and uphold a gay blood ban and currently are putting forward the conscience clause bill.

"Now, I’d like to know – is staying in office more important that the LGBT community in Northern Ireland?"

Mr Cameron responded: “I totally disagree with the DUP about this [LGBT] issue and nothing I ever do will go against the values I have about believing in equality and equal rights for gay and lesbian people and I’ve put that, as it were, on the line by supporting equal marriage.

“So I’m never going to change my views about that.”

The DUP, which opposes gay marriage, told the BBC the party was not seeking cabinet positions.

A DUP spokesman said:"Redefining marriage is a matter for the Northern Ireland Assembly rather than Westminster. David Cameron also realises that a fair number of his Conservative MPs also voted against redefining marriage."

The full interview can with David Cameron be heard to on BBC iPlayer

Further reading

PSNI probes Jim Wells' gay abuse comments 

Calls for Jim Wells to retract gay marriage comments 

Gay adoption: It is 'natural order' for a man and a woman to have a child, says Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots

Call for clarity after DUP man's 'make homosexuality illegal' comments

First Minister Peter Robinson backs wife's view that gays are an 'abomination'

Iris Robinson: gays more vile than child abusers

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