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SDLP leader Colum Eastwood says gay brother feels unwelcome in Northern Ireland

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood has said his gay brother does not feel welcome in Northern Ireland.

Mr Eastwood, speaking to the BBC's The View programme, said his brother is not treated as a "full citizen" because he is not able to get married in Northern Ireland.

He said his younger brother Liam has moved to London as a result.

Mr Eastwood said his brother has been denied the same rights as him because of the actions of the DUP on same-sex marriage.

"I find it infuriating that there are members of my community who are being discriminated against, but I also have a brother who is gay, who lives in London, who thinks this place doesn't welcome him and does not treat him as a full citizen," he said.

"I find that very difficult. I think many gay people don't think Northern Ireland is a welcoming place for them."

He added: "This isn't about me and my brother, there are many, many people in the community who feel like that.

"If people who love each other still aren't entitled to get married, that's a disgrace and has to stop and there is a simple way of fixing it."

DUP leader Arlene Foster is due to attend an LGBT event next week.

It will be the first time a DUP leader has attended a reception for the LGBT community.

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