The Rainbow Project have responded to todays decision by the PPS not to prosecute Jim Wells MLA.

John O’Doherty, Director of The Rainbow Project said “Making comments, as Jim Wells did, which are unfounded and deeply hurtful, is not necessarily a criminal act. In this case, the PPS made the right decision, based on all the available evidence. That should not detract from the contempt shown for LGBT families by Jim Wells, unbefitting a Minister responsible for the welfare of everyone in Northern Ireland.” 

“It is important remember that appropriate guidelines and legislation in relation to same-sex parenting have not been progressed despite a judgment from the Court of Appeal. We call on the Department and Minister Simon Hamilton to take immediate action to address this.”

“While welcoming todays decision, Jim Wells should remember the public outcry against the most recent expression of his outdated views, which demonstrates the ever growing support for LGBT equality in Northern Ireland.”

ENDS

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