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Sinn Féin challenge Lisburn Coiuncil discrimination against gay and lesbian community

27 October, 2005

Sinn Féin Lisburn Council group leader, Cllr Paul Butler commenting on the decision of Lisburn council to ban civil partnership ceremonies from the Cherry Room on the back of an Alliance party motion has said that Sinn Féin fully support the rights of the gay and lesbian community to have civil marriages on council premises and offered the party's full support for Robert Toner, who is challenging the decision.

Cllr Butler said:

"We want to keep the spotlight firmly on Lisburn Council and the way they are treating same sex marriages, and are calling on the gay and lesbian community to challenge the ban.

"Lisburn have now added the gay and lesbian community to the list of people they discriminate against.

"Whether in the social, political or cultural spheres it is wrong that lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people should suffer discrimination." ENDS

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