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Minister should stop wasting public money fighting equality - McLaughlin

16 September, 2013 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has called on Health Minister Edwin Poots to stop wasting public money by appealing the decision to allow civil partnerships and same sex couples to adopt.

The Derry MLA and member of the Assembly’s Health Committee said:

“Sinn Féin had welcomed the ruling by the Court of Appeal that gives the go-ahead for unmarried couples, those in civil partnerships and same sex couples to adopt.

 “It was 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.

“This current appeal to the supreme court is foolish in the extreme and wastes even more public money. 

“The health 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.” 

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