Former minister who voted against gay rights reveals daughter is in same-sex marriage

Lord David Trimble was the former First Minister of the Irish Ulster Unionist Party (UUP)


Words: Steve Brown

Former First Minister of the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) Lord David Trimble has revealed his daughter is in same-sex marriage.

The Northern Irish politician - who has a track record of voting against same-sex marriages - revealed to the House of Lords that his daughter had married her girlfiend during debating the vote by MPs to introduce same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.

The Tory peer said: "I have found myself taking a particular position with regard to same-sex marriage, which was forced upon me when my elder daughter got married to her girlfriend.

“I cannot change that and I cannot now go around saying that I am opposed to it because I acquiesced to it. There we are.”

According to, Lord Trimble has 'generally voted against equal gay rights' and voted against civil partnerships in 2004 as well as reducing the age of homosexual consent from 18 to 16