Iris Robinson DUP MP who is Chair of the Stormont Health Committee has said that with help gay people can be "turned around". She said on Radio Ulster that "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'm happy to put any homosexual in touch with this gentleman and I have met people who have turned around and become heterosexuals."
The Rainbow Project have asked to meet with Ms Robinson to try and turn her around. Sinn Féin's Education Minister Catríona Ruane said politicians should be guided by equality legislation. "There are equality laws in the north of Ireland," she said. "I think it is really important that politicians play a leadership role and that leadership role should be not to say anything that could possibly inflame the situation or cause further distress." In a statement the Royal College of Psychiatrists reiterated that homosexuality was not a psychiatric disorder.