Gay Pride Parade

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 doesn’t 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 don’t condone what they do.”