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Anderson slams DUP stalling on sexual orientation strategy

27 September, 2010 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin MLA (Foyle) Martina Anderson has slammed the DUP for the continued delay in implementing OFMdFM’s Sexual Orientation Strategy.

Ms Anderson was speaking after questioning DUP junior Minister Robin Newton on the matter during Question Time in the Assembly today.

Speaking this afternoon she said;

“The LGBT community in the north are justifiably concerned at the apparent unwillingness of the DUP to implement this much needed strategy.

OFMdFM are committed to bringing this strategy forward; the line articulated by Robin Newton today, that this may not happen until 2012 is totally unacceptable to Sinn Féin and would appear to have much more to do with the DUP heading into election mode as opposed to helping address the serious issues facing those gay, lesbian and transgendered members of our community.

This strategy needs to come forward without any further delay.

Robin Newton now needs to clarify if he was speaking in his capacity as a DUP member or was he giving an agreed position from OFMdFM because from Sinn Féin’s perspective any delay in implementing this much needed strategy is completely unacceptable.” CRÍOCH

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