"It is meaningless having unionist unity unless it is a unity based on a common strategy with common principles and common values."Earlier on this week, Senator David Norris, the first openly gay elected politician on the island of Ireland delivered the Amnesty International Belfast Pride Lecture.
It was followed by Pride Talks Back, where Norris joined local politicians and Rev David McIlveen of the Free Presbyterian Church on a panel chaired by the BBC's William Crawley.
Fair play to Rev David McIlveen, bearing in mind that most of the audience were of the LGBT persuasion, it took bottle to turn up and defend his beliefs. Basil McCrea also deserves credit; as he admitted himself his appearance won't have done much to persuade the Ultras within his own party to support him in his campaign (now public apparently) to become UUP leader.
All the main parties were represented except the DUP.
They got an invitation like everyone else, so what was their excuse?
Simply forgot about it, or perhaps it was down to those "Principles" and "values"?
* The origin of this saying is actually quite appropriate. Apparently an 18th Century English General expressed his opinion on homosexuality amongst his troops, saying it wasn't a problem as long as it "didn't frighten the horses".