Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin, who is also the Chair of the Health Committee in the Assembly, has welcomed the lifting of the ban on unmarried couples, including same sex couples and those in a civil partnership having the right to adopt.
Speaking today Ms McLaughlin said:
“The lifting of the ban on unmarried couples, including same sex couples and those in a civil partnership having the right to adopt is to be welcomed.
“Today witnesses a further step on the road to equality.
“Questions still remain as to why the Health Minister Edwin Poots chose to waste public money appealing this ban.
“A minister must act for all people yet this case has seen Edwin Poots pursuing actions along the lines of his personal beliefs and allowing his prejudices to affect legislative decisions.
“The lifting of this ban will give much needed access for children in care to loving families. 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.”