No prosecution over ‘gay’ remarks

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A Northern Ireland assembly member will not face prosecution over comments she made about homosexuals last year.

Iris Robinson, chair of the Stormont health committee, called for homosexuals to seek psychiatric counselling.

Mrs Robinson said if gay people got help they could be “turned around”.

The police said they were satisfied no offence had been committed. But a gay rights group said in future she should “respect the diversity” in society.

Mrs Robinson made her comments on BBC Radio Ulster’s Nolan Show last June.

“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,” she said.

“I’m happy to put any homosexual in touch with this gentleman and I have met people who have turned around and become heterosexuals.”

She later repeated her view that homosexuality was an “abomination” but denied she had ever indicated it was a mental health issue.