Sinn Féin deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MP MLA has said that politicians have a responsibility to promote equality for all citizens in the north.
Mr McGuinness said:
"Everyone has a responsibility to protect and promote the rights of all our citizens, regardless of sexual orientation. Sinn Féin will not be deflected in ensuring this legal responsibility is upheld.
"Along with other members of Sinn Féin I have been supportive of a number of events that acknowledge the rights of all member of our society and their right to equality.
"While Iris Robinson is entitled to reflect her beliefs she also has a responsibility to act with due consideration.
"Comments that cause harm and distress to any section of our community are inappropriate and she should reflect fully on the impact that her comments will have." ENDS