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NI minister caught in abuse row
24 Apr 2015 22:10
Northern Ireland's Health Minister, Jim Wells, is at the centre of a political controversy after he linked child abuse and gay relationships.
During a public debate involving candidates in the South Down Westminster constituency last night, Mr Wells said " You don't bring up a child in a homosexual relationship..that child is far more likely to be abused and neglected..."
Mr Wells subsequently apologised for his comments and said he came to the meeting unprepared as he had been with his wife in hospital where she is recovering from a stroke.
Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland's First Minister, said Mr Wells' position as health minister is no longer tenable.
The DUP is standing by him and says he accepts his remarks were offensive.

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