SO fair play to Lord Mayor of Belfast Gavin Robinson for being the first from the DUP to take a seat on the panel of Belfast Pride Talks Back debate. I’m sure he doesn’t feel any less straight the morning after the night before, and the move certainly upstaged the rest of the panel. Whether it actually means anything in terms of their policies remains to be seen. As a mayor for everyone, will Gavin be at the Gay Pride parade, which many in the DUP detest, for example?
Interestingly, host Will Crawley mentioned on Facebook that Alliance is “likely to announce, in September, that marriage equality is now their party policy (according to Anna Lo)”. Despite its liberal credentials, many senior members of the party are devout Christians, and Alliance – which also includes some equally committed gay rights activists – could struggle with this.