INSTEAD of picketing gay pride parades, DUP ministers-to-be will now be funding them. Also, Ian Paisley’s OFMDFM is “is committed to allocating £180,000 over a 12-month period to promote equality for the gay community”, while Edwin Poots’ Arts and Culture Department is “funding an increased grant for this year’s Belfast Gay Pride Festival”. Mr Poots said: “There is little point making decisions that will end up being overturned in a court of law” – although that never stopped the DUP before. He added: “I haven’t taken up the position so I haven’t awarded anything.” If he hasn’t take up the position, then why is he issuing official statements through his department? Either way, the Free Presbyterians ain’t happy, with Rev Ivan Foster writing on his website: “If, as he [Poots] says, he will not intervene or attempt to stop such a grant being made then he will share in the culpability of a most shameful act, namely using public funds to promote and celebrate that which he has opposed in the past and which is an abomination before God… He could resign as minister-elect and so refuse to be part of any betrayal of the gospel of Christ of which betrayal he will be a part if, on May 8th, he dons the dark mantle of Culture minister… Mr. Poots cannot serve God and the world. He cannot please God and the iniquitous sodomite lobby or, indeed, his Sinn Fein/IRA partners.” Bit of an early dilemma for the minister in waiting, who’s also a Free P.