Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin, who is also the chair of the Health Committee has welcomed the ruling that the Minister for Health, Edwin Poots, cannot appeal the decision taken by High Court that allows gay and unmarried couples to adopt.
Speaking today Ms McLaughlin said:
“This is a sensible and logical decision and one that will be welcomed widely. It is a decision that is against discrimination and for equality.
“This ruling affects not only people in same sex relationships but also unmarried couples and those in civil partnerships.
“A Minister's roll is to act for all of the people yet here we have another case that has seen Edwin Poots pursuing actions along the lines of his personal beliefs and allowing his prejudices to affect legislative decisions.
“We are concerned that there is now a pattern arising where the Health Minister has wasted public money on cases that are out of step with public opinion and have been challenged successfully in terms of equality.
“The Minister should now come forward and declare how much public money he has spent by bringing not just this appeal but also the Department's challenge regarding gay men donating blood.
“The focus in any adoption has to be the child’s welfare and to deny children a good home on the basis of prejudice is wrong.”