I would hardly call Arlene Foster an ally to the LGBTQ+ community. However, a sense among the DUP’s old guard that she softened the party’s stance on gay rights is rumoured to be a factor behind her failure to retain support from the party, leading to her standing down. The DUP has always been seen as the most powerful, most vehemently anti-gay political party in Northern Ireland. (...)
Arlene Foster’s recent abstention on the vote to ban “conversion therapy” in Northern Ireland, despite her party putting forward an amendment to weaken the original motion brought by the Ulster Unionist party, has been seen by some as the straw that broke the camel’s back for the party’s more hardline, evangelical wing.
But why celebrate something that can get worse?
I will never forgive her for enabling Theresa May to remain in power after the 2017 election so I'm glad she's going. It's possible, or even probable, that her successor could be even more hard line but the difference is a bit like weighing up whether it's better to be shot in the head or stabbed in the heart.But why celebrate something that can get worse?