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Gay DUP councillor votes against bid to fly rainbow Pride flag





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A gay DUP councillor has voted against the flying of the rainbow flag at Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council offices.

Alison Bennington voted against a motion to fly the rainbow flag at the local authority's Mossley Mill and Antrim civic centres to mark gay Pride celebrations at a meeting on Monday.

The motion was brought forward by the Alliance Party and passed with the support of Sinn Fein, the SDLP and some members of the UUP despite the opposition of all DUP councillors present, according to the News Letter.

Alliance described it as a "great night" demonstrating respect and equality.


Councillor Bennington did not respond to requests for a comment on Wednesday.

Speaking to the News Letter, SDLP councillor Thomas Burns described the debate as "stormy". He said all eyes were on how the DUP councillor would vote.

"The Alliance motion was a good motion and it should have gone through on the nod, no problems," he said.

"She never opened her mouth, she never spoke."

Alliance Councillor Glenn Finlay who put the motion forward said the council had to lead the way on inclusivity, "taking a pride in our area and doing all we can to ensure we remain open and welcoming to all groups within our borough".

"The law of averages suggest that 6% of our residents are from the LGBTQ+ community, with this move going some way to alleviating the fear and sense of disenfranchisement that many in our LGBTQ+ community feel," he said.

"This was a great night for Antrim and Newtownabbey Council, signalling we respect everyone across our borough and want to see all groups promoted equally."

Belfast Telegraph