LISTEN AGAIN: Majority opposed to same sex marriage says DUP Councillor
Rodney Edwards • Published 20 Sep 2012 10:25
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Moments after the DUP's Cyril Brownlee threw a letter back at protesters. Photo by Raymond Humphreys.
"THE majority of people in Northern Ireland are opposed to same-sex marriage," stated DUP Councillor Cyril Brownlee moments after he threw a letter he was given at a gay marriage rally back at protesters.
The protest took place after Fermanagh District Council became the first local authority across the Province to allow the Sinn Fein motion on gay marriage to fall by nine Unionist votes to Sinn Fein's eight.
Mr Brownlee threw back the letter calling on the council to reconsider their vote because it was "of no interest" to him. When challenged on this he described same-sex marriage as "totally wrong".
"I am totally against that... I am totally opposed to gay sex marriage," he said.
Frankie Dean, who organised the protest on behalf of the county's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community challenged Mr Brownlee as he made his way into Enniskillen Townhall.
"I think it is disgusting that you are a councillor and you won't even read what is in the letter. You should have the decency and the politeness to read what is given to you."
See today's Impartial Reporter for our full coverage.
LISTEN: The moment after the DUP's Cyril Brownlee (not Robinson as stated in the recording) threw a letter back at protesters.
LISTEN: "Time not right for gay marriage in Fermanagh," says UUP's Basil Johnston.
LISTEN: UUP's Rosemary Barton: "Same-sex marriage is morally wrong".
LISTEN: SDLP's John O'Kane hasn't made his mind up yet about same-sex marriage.
LISTEN: Sinn Fein join protest against Fermanagh Council.
This article appeared in Impartial Reporter 20 Sep 12