Kieran McCarthy MLA: “I welcome this decision by the Court of Appeal. The Health Minister must abide by this decision and allow same sex couples to put themselves forward for consideration to adopt children in Northern Ireland.
“The Health Minister has again wasted taxpayers money by continuing this legal action. He must accept that the courts have made a decision and cease any future legal action. I hope this decision will also affect his ban on gay men from donating blood.
“There are too many children in our social care system for us to be preventing certain couples from adopting.”