Belfast hosted its annual gay pride parade on Saturday with Iris Robinson (predictably enough) coming in for some criticism. As is usual the Free Presbyterian Church had a protest event, its most prominent organiser being Rev David McIlveen. Meanwhile at the parade itself a small number of clergymen took part. Possibly surprisingly PA MacLochlainn, president of the Northern Ireland Gay Rights Association praised Mr. McIlveen: He loyally and steadfastly preaches the Gospel, but he doesnt shove it down our throats. We get on well with David. In reply Mr. McIlveen said I treat them as human beings, I have debated and conversed with them, but we dont condone what they do.
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