Belfast Judge Rules Gay Blood Ban “Irrational”


Good to see that the Lib Dem position is being picked up on by Scott De Buitléir. Well done Stephen Glenn.

EILE Magazine

A Belfast High Court judge has ruled that the ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood in Northern Ireland is “irrational”, defeating Health Minister, Edwin Poots.

Justice Treacy also ruled that Poots was in breach of the ministerial code by failing to take the issue before Stormont.

Northern Ireland is the only region in the UK that currently enforces a complete ban on MSMs donating blood; England, Wales and Scotland lifted the ban in November 2011, replacing it with new rules, which allow blood from men whose last sexual contact with another man was more than a year ago.

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