Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin said today that Jim Wells has made the right decision in stepping down as Minister for Health.
“Mr Wells has clearly been under increased pressure as a result of his wife’s serious illness and his decision to step down was the right thing to do.
“However, his position as Health Minister was clearly untenable after his attack on the LGBT community which was completely unacceptable from someone holding the position of Health Minister.
“The public wants equality in health provision. They want a health minister who will leave their religious beliefs at the door and run the health service for all.
“Outdated and discriminatory practices are not acceptable.
The DUP should end its opposition immediately to marriage equality blood donations from gay men and to adoption by gay couples.”