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UUP continues tradition of ad in Pride guide

By Staff Reporter

The Ulster Unionists have placed an advertisement in the Belfast Pride guide.

A party spokesman said it was delighted to do so.

"We have taken out an advertisement in the Pride guide for many years and more than happy to do so again," he said.

The advert appeared as UUP members of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council failed to support a motion to raise the rainbow flag at the council's three main centres to mark Pride Day next weekend.

The Sinn Fein motion passed by 12 votes to 11 on Monday. The DUP opposed the move, and UUP councillors abstained.

The party spokesman said it had proposed an amendment that council buildings be lit in rainbow colours "in line with council policy where requests are made to mark specific dates in the calendar".

He said it was also a precedent agreed by Belfast City Council to mark the Twelfth, St Patrick's Day and other important days in the calendar.

"Regrettably, our amendment was not supported by any of the other parties who have colleagues sitting in Belfast City Hall," he said.

"Our support for members of the LGBTQ+ community is not in question and it's a shame that others want to spend their time making mischief.

"It is to all our benefit for Northern Ireland to be a society where everyone can live a full life and feel valued as a member of society."

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