THE late Ian Paisley's brother-in-law has criticised the DUP for selecting an openly gay election candidate, branding the decision "contrary to the word of God". Ms Bennington this month became the DUP's first openly gay elected representative after securing a council seat in Antrim and Newtownabbey. Her election is being seen as a significant step for the party, which has a history of hostility towards LGBT lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The party has said it continues to oppose same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland — the only part of Ireland and Britain where it remains outlawed. Rev Beggs 84 led the Free Presbyterian Church in Ballymena for around 34 years and was an election agent for Mr Paisley, the church's founder. Asked yesterday about the DUP selecting an openly gay election candidate, he said: "I approach it from a biblical standpoint.
This seems to violate NPOV and should be deleted or at least sourced. In any event, "brother-in-law by marriage" sounds idiotic, since—by definition—any in-law is related to one "by marriage. I'm concerned that "sibling's husband" may have been changed to "sister's husband" by someone who disapproves of gay marriage. I've changed it back since, like it or not, gay marriage is legal in many countries and several US states, and the definition of this term must allow for that. I changed it to sibling's husband. Logically a sister is a sibling, so saying "sibling's husband" includes sister's husband. Separating them out into "sister's husband or sibling's husband" is redundant.
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