Aug 022012
DUP’s Tom Buchanan

A Unionist councillor was outspoken in his views on homosexuality during a debate which led to Omagh District Council becoming only the third local authority in Ireland to pass a motion in support of gay marriage.

The DUP’s Tom Buchanan described same-sex marriage as a “gross sin” and “an abomination” when he voiced his opposition to the Sinn Féin motion at the council’s monthly meeting on Monday evening.

The UUP also opposed the motion which proposed that, ‘This council supports the same rights and entitlements to civil marriage for all citizens regardless of race, religion or sexuality.’

However, the motion was passed by nine votes to three making Omagh the third council in Ireland to back gay marriage after Belfast City Council and Cork City Council.

Introducing the motion, Sinn Féin’s Glenn Campbell said it was intended to be a demonstration of equality for all citizens.

PHOTO : DUP’s Tom Buchanan