Tony Grew, writing in Pink News, calls her "Northern Ireland's most famous female polititian". Wrong adjective, Tony: try "infamous". The woman's an evil harridan.
Rabidly Christian Iris Robinson (pictured), wife of the First Minister of Northern Ireland, Peter Robinson, is chair of the Health Committee. Now there's a bit of appropriate apportioning of roles!
In June she said, among other things, "I have a very lovely psychiatrist who works with me in my offices and his Christian background is that he tries to help homosexuals trying to turn away from what they are engaged in. And I have met people who have turned around to become heterosexual."
Grew's Pink News piece tells us today:
A member of the Alliance party, Stephen Farry, had asked the province's health minister "for his assessment of the mental-health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups."
"I expect any treatment or support by health and social care staff to be offered in a way that is sensitive to the issues arising from a patient’s sexual orientation, and to be delivered in a way that leads to the best outcome."
But sweet Mrs Robinson would have none of it. The article goes on to quote this excuse for a human being: "Over the past few weeks, some people have attempted to suggest that I indicated that homosexuality is a mental-health issue, and they have twisted everything that was said [. . .] However, nothing could be further from the truth [. . .] Homosexuality, like all sin, is an abomination. That is what I said."
More than 100 complaints have been lodged with police about her comments, it is said, because they are perceived to be a possible breach of the Public Order Act, which deals with threatening behaviour and insulting words.