The Caleb Foundation has welcomed news that the First Minister of Northern Ireland, the Rt Hon Dr Ian Paisley MP, MLA, has blocked the implementation of EU legislation to include homosexual, lesbian and transgender people.
In a press release the Caleb Foundation said: "This EU Directive carries with it the threat to criminalise honest, sincere and devout people who happen to believe that certain practices are morally objectionable. There are many tens of thousands of people in Northern Ireland who hold these kinds of lifestyles to be sinful and offensive. That they should be coerced in law to facilitate such practices is itself morally wrong."
"The Ministerial Code under which Ministers in the Executive operate requires Ministers in the Executive to ‘operate in a way conducive to promoting good community relations and equality of treatment'. We would be interested in finding out how good community relations are promoted by steamrollering through such provisions."
"The First Minister is to be congratulated on the stand he has taken on this issue thus far in blocking it. We would ask that he continues in his opposition to it."
"We would ask that the First Minister continues to explore every possible avenue to achieve this."
The Caleb Foundation is an organisation in Northern Ireland that seeks to promote the Fundamentals of the Historic Evangelical Protestant Faith. It enjoys wide support.