Sinn Féin councillor Paul Fleming has said the deputy mayor of Derry and Strabane should withdraw offensive comments made about the LGBT community.
Councillor Fleming said;
“There can be no place for these out-dated and intolerant views which will no doubt have caused great offence within the LGBT community.
“Sinn Féin is totally opposed to all forms of discrimination, including homophobia, racism and sexism.
“Derry and the north west has established an internationally recognised reputation for its welcome for all communities, particularly members of the LGBT community.
“The Foyle Pride festival is well supported by the entire community and is one of the highlights of the local civic calendar.
“Those in positions of civic leadership have a responsibility to represent everyone in our community.
“These offensive comments were made just days after the DUP once again blocked marriage equality in the Assembly, despite the democratically expressed will of the majority of MLAs.
“Councillor Thomas Kerrigan should withdraw these offensive remarks and apologise for the offence they have caused.”