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Paisley jnr should withdraw homophobic comments

30 May, 2007


Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Equality and Human Rights, Foyle MLA Martina Anderson has said that she is disappointed but not surprised at the comments of junior minister Ian Paisley jnr.

Ms Anderson said:

"Ian Paisley jnr as a junior minister in the Office of the First and Deputy First Minster (OFMDFM) with responsibility for equality should not have made these comments. Whatever about his personal beliefs the fact is that he now has ministerial responsibility for this issue.

"Ian Paisley jnr should withdraw these comments and apologise.

"The fact is that comments such as this cause great harm and distress. They feed into the attitudes the fester and lead to homophobic violence.

"OFMDFM has a responsibility to promote equality and protect the rights of everyone in our society regardless of religion, sex, race, disability or sexual orientation. This is the law; it is the statutory equality duty that rests on all Minsters in the Executive." ENDS

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