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‘Gays Are Deviants’ Politician Quits Party

‘Gays Are Deviants’ Politician Quits Party

 

Lord Maginnis, formerly an Ulster Unionist MP, has severed his party affiliation after being rebuked by the Party for anti-gay comments he made during a radio interview.

Reports the Belfast Telegraph:

Lord Maginnis, 74, from Dungannon, Co.Tyrone, and the former MP for Fermanagh-South Tyrone said: “I have agonised over the last three months. Currently there is no room for independent or logical thinking (within the party) and that does not suit me.”

The “independent or logical thinking” that saw Maginnis draw the ire of his colleagues occurred in a BBC Northern Ireland radio interview on the Stephen Nolan show in June where Maginnis voiced staunch opposition to same-sex marriage. It was not the opposition in itself that was found to be objectionable, but rather his comments that gay marriage is “unnatural” and that it is being imposed on people, whereby he charged, “Does that mean that every deviant practice has to be accommodated? Will the next thing be that we legislate for some sort of bestiality?”

A special jibe was reserved for those who had recently taken part in Belfast Pride, too, with Maginnis reportedly saying, “These are people that seem to take some pride expressing their particular rights. I disagree with those rights and that deviance.” He went on to say that he believed that gay rights were the thin edge of the wedge that, in effect, opened the door to talk of lowering the age of consent and, potentially, the legalization of paedophilia.

When given a chance to apologize for his comments the 74-year-old insisted on not backing down, saying, “I am not ashamed of what I said, I’m not ashamed of the stance I took.”

As a result of this anti-gay outburst, Party leader Mike Nesbitt and senior party members removed Maginnis, a 50-year stalwart, from the party whip.

Said the UUP at the time: “Lord Maginnis was speaking in a personal capacity without our knowledge or permission, and his comments do not reflect Ulster Unionist Party policy.”

LGBT rights groups in Northern Ireland also criticized Maginnis for not reflecting on how his comments might harm people, especially LGBT youth.

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt today said on Lord Maginnis’ leaving the party that he was a “fearless advocate of the unionist cause,” and lamented that “recent matters” could not resolved more amicably. Nesbitt seemed saddened by Lord Maginnis’ choice to quit the party, adding, “On behalf of the party and the unionist people more widely, we owe a debt of gratitude to Ken Maginnis.”

 

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11:52PM PDT on Sep 24, 2012

Thanks.

2:20PM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

thanks.

3:08AM PDT on Sep 13, 2012

I AGREE 100% WITH GINA H...WELL SAID!

12:49PM PDT on Sep 12, 2012

An old white man spewing his prejudices.

4:51AM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

no great loss

12:48PM PDT on Sep 9, 2012

Hatred, vindictiveness and small mindedness get us nowhere.

4:20PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Good riddance!

10:28AM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Gee... I see Elaine A. is hitting at folks on the "other side of the pond" now. I am curious Elaine A. just why it is you are so obsessed with "us"? I never see you objecting to pedophiles hiding amongst church clergy in any version of xtianity. This includes Mormon Churches or other xtian varieties that approve of marrying a 12-year old girl to a man of 40+. While many fundies love to throw in the pedophile and beastiality associations with GLBTQ, those two areas are a predominantly heterosexual practice. The GLBTQ community is seeking equal rights and treatment between two consenting adults. It seems to be the fundamentalist heterosexual males that desire a harem of virgin girls under the age of 12.

2:13PM PDT on Sep 2, 2012

@Talya H! I just sent you a green star because you are right on the spot!! People always hide behind freedom of speech to hurt others shamelessly and without consequences. That's just wrong. As you said there are idiots who believe freedom of speech is more important than human rights. And well, no one can force anyone to change their opinions, but no one has the right to act according to those opinions if doing so offends or hurts anyone else. We all have rights, and my rights (and everyone's rights) are limited by those of others. We all count, no matter how different our points of view are

1:42PM PDT on Sep 2, 2012

Elaine A......your bias is showing and it's NOT pretty.....

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