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Outrage at ex-MP's outburst on 'deviant' gays
KEN MAGINNIS, former MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone, has sparked outrage after he referred to gay marriage as a ‘deviant practice’.
Speaking during a radio interview on Prime Minister David Camerons’ plans to legislate for gay marriage Lord Drumglass said “it’s unnatural – I don’t think society needs to have imposed on it something which is unnatural’.
Reacting to the controversial comments by Ken Maginnis Fermanagh man Frankie Dean, a spokesman for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender Group) said his personal view was that all people deserve respect and to be treated properly.
“Statements like that made by Mr Maginnis do nothing to encourage respect for diversity and people being treated right in what is supposed to be a modern society promoting equality and opportunity for all.
“I don’t mind people having religious beliefs but they should keep those beliefs in their own home and churches and not force them upon other people.
“I have my own beliefs and I know that God loves me even though I am gay and was born that way.
“Statistically approximately 1 in 10 people are LGBT and this is no different in Fermanagh where many people get married to suit society’s norms or pressure from organisations and family members. This leads to a lot of unhappiness in situations and difficult relationships.
Ken Maginnis said he wouldn’t dictate how people live their lives, and that if his neighbour was gay he would show them the same respect as anyone else.
But he said any plans to legislate marriage would ‘devalue marriage’ which should be between a man and a woman.
“Do we legislate for every deviant practice. Do we next legislate for some sort of bestiality?