How do you manage to cut down my ranty blog post from Saturday into something short enough for a Newspaper to print in its letter page?
Well here is how:
I READ in the News Letter (August 18) that Mike Nesbitt has written
to UUP members asking them not to dance to the republican tune on
I would like to assure Mr Nesbitt that, while I want
to see marriage equality in all parts of the union, I certainly am not a
He also says that marriage equality has no realistic prospect of coming about in Northern Ireland.
wasn’t that long ago we were saying that about the IRA laying down
arms, or Sinn Fein and the DUP being able to share OFMdFM together, yet
these things came to pass.
He carries on to say that all members of his party should be careful with their language not to offend.
His email is just the tip of the iceberg as far as offending the LGBT community in Northern Ireland is concerned.
so-called ‘unionist’ politicians are happy to leave LGBT people behind
as second-class British subjects on issues of adoption, the blood ban
and now, it seems, marriage equality.
If Sinn Fein, the Green
Party, Alliance or SDLP can bring about change for an LGBT community
that is neither nationalist or unionist, Protestant or Catholic, then
that is the sort of tune I want to waltz off to - into a shared future.