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Attack victim lambasts Robinson

Stephen Scott
Stephen Scott was attacked near his home last week

The victim of a homophobic assault has called on the DUP's Iris Robinson to resign over comments she made about homosexuality.

The Stormont health committee chair has condemned attacks on gay people.

But in an interview on Friday, she said as a Christian she viewed homosexuality as an abomination and that gay people should seek counselling.

Stephen Scott, who was assaulted by three youths in Newtownabbey, said her comments "disgusted" him.

Mr Scott said Mrs Robinson's comments had made him feel worse.

"I certainly will not rest until she stands down for what she's done, because she's made my life hell since her comments," he said.

He said he had struggled with coming to terms with being homosexual, something made more difficult by his background.

"I took an overdose last November because I was finding it hard to cope with being gay - I had no support from anyone and felt on my own," he said.

"I had always denied it but now I'm out and I'm not ashamed to say I'm gay."

Complaints have also been made to the police about the Strangford MP's comments.

She has received an amount of criticism from other politicians, but Mrs Robinson has insisted she has every right to express her views.


Iris Robinson speaking to BBC Newsline's Mervyn Jess about her comments

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