Arlene Foster says everybody should have a right to express love

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 25: Northern Ireland first minister Arlene Foster holds a press conference after a meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May at Stormont on July 25, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The meeting follows similar ministerial meetings in Scotland and Wales since Mrs May's appointment. Brexit and the matter of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom's only hard border with the EU will be high on the agenda during todays talks. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

The leader of the Democratic Unionist Party in Northern Ireland, the conservatism of which is believed to be the main reason of halting the process of recognizing marriage equality, says that she personally
does not oppose gay people’s right to love whoever they want and to show their love in public. All people are able to love one another and nobody can have this right taken away from them, Foster told Owen Jones, adding that to her mind gay people don’t differ from straight people in their wish to love and to be loved, sop they should be supported in it. However, she still does not believe that there is a necessity in redefining marriage for it, because people should love each other to marry, but it is not necessary to marry to be able to love each other. Foster acknowledged that it “could well be the case” that the majority of people in Northern Ireland disagrees with her on equal marriage, but said the issue should be left for the future Assembly to deal with.


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