As a follow on to my earlier post on the DUP's latest homophobic nonsense I am glad to inform Balrog readers that the bigots have been defeated today on a tied votes, equality rings through!
In what was a split vote of 39:39 DUP sources claimed the vote was tied because Sinn Féin was "able to use the vote of a deceased asssembly member".
West Belfast assembly member Michael Ferguson died in September. The St Andrews Agreement Act enables parties to use the vote of an assembly member who has died but has not yet been replaced.
I am sure Michael would greatfull that his "vote" was able to further equality, he was a furverant believer in equal rights.
According to DUP homophobe Jeffrey Donaldson this equality legislation would discriminate againt Christians.
"All six of the world`s major religions are opposed to homosexual practice. Judaism, Islam and Christianity all teach that homosexual practice is sinful."
"Not all Honourable Members may agree with that, but it is a sincerely held view by Christians and people of other faiths. The regulations will interfere with the freedom to manifest to one`s religion because these are new restrictions."
All these regulations will do is to stop bigots and homophobes discriminating against law abiding members of the community whose only "crime" is to be gay.
The days of discrimination are over, it's about time that the DUP and Unionism realised that. Hardly surprising that it was the Nationalist MLA's who supported the equality measures and Unionism which opposed it.
Some of these "Christians" should read the bible more and start with parts like "Love thy neighbor as thyself" (Matthew 5: 43)
"Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke [reason with] thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord.
Leviticus 19: 17-18"
My own personal favourite is Matthew 25:31-45, which basically goes “In as much as you have done it for the least of my brothers, you have done it unto me.”
This is a simple case of bigots trying to hide behind religion, everyone is entitled to equality no matter who they are.