British Prime Minister Theresa May allegedly declared to backbenchers of the 1922 Committee that government policy will not be altered due to the DUP’s views and beliefs on “LGB… what’s the rest of it.”
A Tory MP is said to have told Paul Waugh – Huffington Post Edition – about the Prime Minister’s ignorant and offensive mistake. It seems that the May can reassure the LGBT community that she (and the Tory party) are on their side, but cannot even remember the community’s acronym.
Tory MP says May reassured 1922 that DUP "views on LGB…what's the rest of it?" would not affect Govt policy.— Paul Waugh (@paulwaugh) June 12, 2017
The DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) is a right-wing unionist political party in Northern Ireland, with strong and medieval views on LGBT people and abortion.
May has recently made a promise to Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson that the rights of LGBT people would be safe even if the government agreed a ‘confidence and supply’ deal with the DUP.
Despite the reassurance, the Conservative party had zero mention of LGBT rights and protections in their recent manifesto. May also lied about creating “urgent action” for gay men trying to escape persecution, torture and murder in Chechnya.
Son of the party’s founder and winner of the seat in North Antrim Ian Paisley JR previously stated that he is “pretty repulsed by gay and lesbianism,” adding that he thinks LGBT people “harm themselves and – without caring about it – harm society.”
On same-sex marriage, Paisley JR declared that “these sorts of relationships are offensive and obnoxious”.
“There can be no viler act, apart from homosexuals and sodomy,” former DUP MP Iris Robinson said, comparing LGBT lifestyles to child abuse. “I cannot think of anything more sickening that a child being abused. It is comparable to the act of homosexuality. I feel totally repulsed by both.”
Rising tensions have emerged across the LGBT community, putting pressure on MPs and Theresa May not to enter a coalition or deal with the DUP in fear of their rights being used as a recourse to drop in order to obtain power in government.
The DUP have previous links to terrorism, with the party’s former leader Peter Robinson being linked to terrorist group Ulster Resistance, are notorious for being strongly opposed to reproductive choice, are pro-Brexit, anti-Darwinist and are riddled with accusations of racism and homophobia.