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Paisley remarks 'were homophobic'
Ian Paisley Jnr
Ian Paisley Jnr has been criticised for his comments
A leading Presbyterian minister has criticised the DUP's Ian Paisley Jnr for allegedly saying he was "repulsed" by homosexuality.

Speaking on BBC Radio Ulster's Sunday Sequence, Reverend Bobby Liddle claimed Mr Paisley's remarks were "homophobic".

"I think his language was immoderate, I think it was unhelpful in the debate," he said.

Mr Paisley, a junior minister in the NI Executive, made the comments in an interview with Hot Press magazine.

Reverend Liddle is convenor of the church's social issues and resources panel.

He has recently written a report on the issue of homophobia, which will be discussed by the church's General Assembly on Tuesday.

Mr Paisley is quoted in the magazine as saying: "I am pretty repulsed by gay and lesbianism. I think it is wrong.

"I think that those people harm themselves and - without caring about it - harm society.

"That doesn't mean to say that I hate them. I mean, I hate what they do."

The DUP has said there was no suggestion Mr Paisley's comments were any form of discrimination.


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