Tories and DUP signed a deal

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Democratic Unionist Party and Conservative Party signed a deal to rule the country. The agreement, which will see the DUP’s 10 MPs support Theresa May’s minority government in key votes, falls short of a formal coalition. Ariene Foster, the leader of DUP, opposes LGBT rights (but denies being a homophobe), but this issue was not mentioned in the deal. Foster said her party was “delighted that we have reached this agreement, which I think works, obviously, for national stability.” Theresa May added that DUP and Conservatives have a lot of common values. The DUP has previously supported the introduction of a ‘conscience clause’ to protect religious people who want to discriminate against anyone who is LGBT. This means LGBT people could be refused service or turned down for jobs simply because of their sexuality or gender. The DUP has also stalled all progress on equal marriage in Northern Ireland, attempted to retain a lifetime ban on gay men giving blood, and opposed same-sex couples adopting children.

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