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Lisburn to light up council building for Pride - DUP vote against move

Council support: the Pride flag
Council support: the Pride flag

Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council has become the latest local authority in Northern Ireland to vote to light up its civic centre in rainbow colours on Pride Day in August.

The move was supported by councillors from the Alliance, UUP, SDLP, Green Party and Sinn Fein, but opposed by the DUP.

20 councillors voted in favour of the move with the 13 DUP councillors voting against.

Alliance Councillor Aaron McIntyre said he was disappointed that the DUP had opposed his motion hailing the contribution of the LGBT community.

He said: “Diversity is something to be celebrated as it enriches our society.

“Lighting the civic centre in rainbow colours on Pride Day in August will be the public statement of this inclusive approach to the LGBT community.”

Last week it was revealed that the rainbow flag is set to fly at Belfast City Hall for the first time to mark Pride Day on August 3.

Approval was given despite a complaint that flying the flag would make City Hall less welcoming for Christians.

And the Pride flag will fly over all three civic buildings of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council after a motion was passed at Monday night’s council meeting.

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