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He denounced it as "a crime against God and man and its practice is a terrible step to the total demoralisation of any country".Paisley's campaign sought to prevent the extension to Northern Ireland of the Sexual Offences Act 1967, which had decriminalised homosexual acts between males over 21 years of age in England and Wales.In a television interview for The Unquiet Man, a 2001 documentary on Paisley's life, he expressed his pride at being "the only person to have the courage to denounce the Pope".However, after the death of Pope John Paul in 2005, Paisley expressed sympathy for Catholics, saying "We can understand how Roman Catholics feel at the death of the Pope and we would want in no way to interfere with their expression of sorrow and grief at this time." supported laws criminalising it, and picketed various gay rights events.
When Pope John died in June 1963, Paisley announced to a crowd of followers that "this Romish man of sin is now in Hell! He organised protests against the lowering of flags on public buildings to mark the Pope's death.
Ian Richard Kyle Paisley, Baron Bannside, PC (6 April 1926 – 12 September 2014) was a loyalist politician and Protestant religious leader from Northern Ireland.
He became a Protestant evangelical minister in 1946 and remained one for the rest of his life.
Three of their children followed their father into politics or religion: Kyle is a Free Presbyterian minister; Ian is a DUP MP; and Rhonda, a retired DUP councillor.
In the late 1940s he undertook theological training at the Barry School of Evangelism (now called the Wales Evangelical School of Theology), and later, for a year, at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Hall in Belfast.He gained a large group of followers who were referred to as Paisleyites.