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Minister needs to leave prejudice at door - McLaughlin

12 November, 2013 - by Maeve McLaughlin


Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin said Edwin Poots again showed in the Assembly today why he is not a minister for all the people.

The Foyle MLA was commenting after the Health Minister said during a debate that he does not believe in gay people adopting.

The Sinn Féin MLA and chair of the Assembly’s Health Committee said:

“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.

“Edwin Poots has again shown today why he not a minister for all the people of the North. 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.

“The minister needs to leave his prejudices at the door as he is there as Health Minister for all the people of the North including the gay community.”

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