Kieran McCarthy MLA said: “I would again call on Edwin Poots to cease his legal action. He is wasting taxpayers’ money to fight a personal campaign.
“There are too many children in our care system for us to be deciding who has the right to apply to adopt a child. It should be about whether a couple can provide a loving and safe home for a child.
“As Mr Poots is a Unionist, I would have thought he would have been in favour of Northern Ireland falling into line with the rest of the UK which allows civil partners to adopt.”