Just weeks after Arlene Foster declares "Everyone is equal", DUP vote against hanging Pride flag on council buildings 2 years ago

Just weeks after Arlene Foster declares "Everyone is equal", DUP vote against hanging Pride flag on council buildings

The main celebrations take place on Saturday 4 August.

Less than a month ago, DUP leader Arlene Foster made a speech at an LGBTQ meeting, stating that "I want to genuinely reach out to our minority communities and show them the hand of friendship, recognising they have made Northern Ireland their home" and that "I was born on the principle that everyone is equal under law and equally subject to the law."

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Today, it has been reported that the DUP have voted against hanging Pride flags on their council buildings during Pride week celebrations.

As per ITV News:

"DUP councillors voted against the move, while Ulster Unionists abstained from the vote. The UUP opted not to vote after their amendment to Sinn Féin’s motion, recommending that council buildings be lit in the Pride colours instead, was rejected.

"No one from either the DUP or UUP was available to comment."

However, councillors from Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon have voted to hang the Pride flag from their council buildings to celebrate, in addition to Belfast City Hall, which will also be lit up in the Pride colours to celebrate the day.

Also, Derry City and Strabane District Council have passed a motion to light up its offices in rainbow colours to mark the 25th anniversary of Foyle Pride.

Pride week is set to run from Friday 27 July to Sunday 5 August, with the Pride parade in Belfast and other locations to take place on Saturday 4 August.

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