Kieran McCarthy MLA said: “I am extremely annoyed that Edwin Poots is not going to lift a ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood. It is disgraceful that he is refusing to lift this ban. What sort of message does this send out?
“We must have a society based on fairness and this refusal to lift this ban is deeply troubling. This refusal sets a very worrying precedent.
“The Health Minister should be encouraging more people to give blood instead of maintaining this despicable ban.”