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Minister needs to abandon case against adoption equality ruling – Sue Ramsey

27 June, 2013 - by Sue Ramsey

Sinn Féin MLA Sue Ramsey has welcomed today’s ruling by the Court of Appeal that gives the go-ahead for unmarried couples, those in civil partnerships and same sex couples to adopt.

The party health spokesperson has also called on the Health Minister Edwin Poots not to waste further public money on appealing the decision to the Supreme Court.

The West Belfast MLA and Chair of the Assembly’s Health Committee said:

“This is a welcome decision for equality and against discrimination. Edwin Poots should now let the public know how much public money he has wasted by bringing this appeal.

“Any further appeals would be foolish in the extreme and more waste of public money. The minister has brought his own personal prejudices to this issue in the same way that these prejudices clouded his judgement regarding gay people donating blood.

“This not only affects people in same sex relationships but also unmarried couples and those in civil partnerships. The focus in any adoption has to be the child’s welfare and to deny children a good home on the basis of prejudices is wrong. This is a good day for equality.”

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