Theresa May suffered a historic defeat, but she is still forming a government – relying on the UK’s most anti-gay MPs.
The UK’s Prime Minister lost 12 seats, which means she is now eight seats short of the 326 needed for a majority.
But she is looking to prop these up by teaming up with the ultra-conservative Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).
May struck a deal with the Northern Irish party and will seek permission to form a government just after lunchtime today (9 June).
With the DUP’s 10 seats, she holds a tiny minority of just two.
‘We would consider a supply and confidence arrangement to make sure Theresa May would have sufficient support to keep her in government,’ a DUP MP told Sky News.
‘That suggests it wouldn’t be a full-blown coalition – rather a confidence and supply deal. It means those 10 MPs will lend her their support on key votes so she gets things through.’
On a first glance, they sound like a Northern Irish version of the Tories – with the difference being they want a ‘soft Brexit’, because of their border with the Republic of Ireland.
A hard Brexit would inevitable force border controls with the Republic of Ireland – something neither side wants.
But a closer look reveals the DUP to be deeply anti-equality.
They are opposed to LGBTI equality at large and have been holding up same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, although there is a majority for it.
‘This suggestion that every single person who is a homosexual wants to change the definition of marriage is wrong,’ party leader and First Minister Arlene Foster told the BBC in 2005.
‘I know plenty of people in that community who don’t want to see marriage redefined are quite content to live in partnership.’
They used so-called petitions of concern, a political power stemming from the Irish/Northern Irish peace process, to block marriage equality.
Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK without same-sex marriage.
Until 1 September 2016, it also upheld the lifetime ban on gay and bi men donating blood.
England, Scotland, and Wales lifted the lifetime ban in November 2011.
The DUP are also so much against women’s rights, especially the right to safe abortions. Foster has repeatedly been called sexist.
Women have no right to abortion at all, forcing them to either travel abroad – most commonly to England, Scotland, or Wales – for a termination or to buy abortion pills online.
And as if that was not bad enough, they are also climate change deniers.
It is not part of their manifesto – but the paper also does not contain a single mention of the words climate change or environment.
It does, however, refer to being ‘a friend of the farmer and our natural heritage’.