Council to debate Magherafelt DUP man’s ‘homosexuality should not be legal’ comments

Cllr Paul McLean

Cllr Paul McLean

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Mid Ulster council will debate the controversial comments made a DUP councillor who said homosexuality should not be legal.

Paul McLean, a councillor in Magherafelt sparked outrage across the country last month, during the controversy surrounding the former Health Minister Jim Wells.

“The biblical perspective speaks against it [homosexuality], and I take the biblical perspective,” Mr McLean told the Irish News.

“It goes against the bible’s stance - so I don’t believe it should be legal.”

Homosexuality should not be legal says Magherafelt councillor
Next week, Sinn Fein councillor Caoimhe O’Neill will put forward a motion, calling for the DUP man to retract his comments.

“This council notes the positive contribution that the LGBT community make to the Mid Ulster Society,” the motion reads.

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“That council acknowledges that this district is a welcome place for everyone regardless of your sexuality or gender.

“This council condemns with deep regret the comments made by Councillor Paul McClean last month in the Irish News and calls on him the retract those comments immediately.”

That council acknowledges that this district is a welcome place for everyone regardless of your sexuality or gender