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Council rejects rainbow flag motion

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Councillors have voted against flying the rainbow flag from Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s headquarters during this year’s Foyle Pride festival.

The Sinn Féin motion was defeated by 17 votes to 15 at a meeting of the council this evening.

Speaking shortly after the retake of the vote Alliance Councillor Chris McCaw said “I’m disappointed but not surprised that the outcome was against flying the Rainbow flag alongside the Union flag for one day.

People will rightly be asking why we are discussing this given the major issues facing our council.

The fact is, we discussed it, we debated it, we decided to do it and then the DUP blocked it because they couldn’t cope with not getting their own way.

One day is all we were asking for. Our legal opinion showed clearly that not a single one of the DUP’s objections had any legal merit.

We will now have to find other ways of showing our LGBT citizens that they are valued and equal members of our society.

I would like to thank my colleagues in Sinn Féin, the SDLP and UUP who did back this idea.”

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