Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Update on Unionist Homophobia

I've just discovered the transcript of the proceedings in the Transitional Assembly yesterday, when members debated over the new Sexual Orientation Regulations, designed to protect lesbian, gay and bisexual people from discrimination in the provision of goods and services.

All thirty-nine opponents to the regulations were either from the Ulster Unionist Party and the DUP. Those in favour included Sinn Fein, Alliance and SDLP. David Ervine of the Progressive Unionist Party was the only unionist to vote in support of the regulations.

The unionist argument was couched in Christian rhetoric. Caitriona Ruane of Sinn Fein noted the DUP's history of homophobia and accused the party of using homophobia for political gain.

Alex Maskey of Sinn Fein referred to Ian Paisley's various campaigns against gay rights: "For many of us, the history of the DUP — and perhaps, even more so, that of the Free Presbyterian Church — will lead many of us to believe that a strong homophobic strain runs through that strand of our society. Many of us believe that, and our belief is based on the experience of seeing many years of strong campaigns that were headed by the leader of the DUP, who is sitting on the Benches opposite."

Patricia Lewsley of the SDLP referred to the DUP as the "Discriminating as Usual Party."

Paul Berry, former-DUP golden boy, who last year was alleged to have engaged in a sex act with another male in a Belfast hotel, remained silent throughout the debate but voted with his former party-colleagues in opposing the introduction of the regulations.

This is an update of this post.

5 comments:

tawdreyaudrey said...

Oh Holy Lord. But we have to accept there are always scareys. Met one today, very scarey, at a Christmas playgroup party. She was a South African who was lovely, as was her child. Very Endearing, cool, no problem.I told her that Thursday I clean ( I work Mon., tues, Wed.) she very confidently informed me I should have a black cleaner. No bother. Just like that. "Blacks clean like no bugger would" All I could say was "that's another arguement" Everyone was watching and noone could speak. Sometimes silence speaks volumes.

The Great Wee Azoo said...

Hi Tawdrey. That reminds me, when Paul Berry was caught having his alleged sexual escapades, the other man reported giving Berry a massage and Berry replied that the last time he got a massage was from a "wee darkey girl" while he was on holiday.

Liam Mac Uaid said...

A very long time ago one of Alex Maskey's bestest friends threw a carton of milk over me because I was a bit too pro-gay for his taste. It's nice to see how ultra Catholics can change.

The Great Wee Azoo said...

Who threw the milk? Anyone we'd know?

Liam Mac Uaid said...

He had a pretty high public profile in Short Strand but it would be mean to name the sanctimonious little god-botherer. In his more active Provie days he used to attend Clonard novena allegedly to pray that his god would kill Protestants. This may not have been true but if you'd known him you could have believed it.