NI ban on gay blood ‘unjustifiable’

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The lifetime ban on homosexual men giving blood in Northern Ireland is unjustifiable, the High Court heard on Monday.

A judge was told Health Miniser Edwin Poots’ stance is irrational and discriminatory.

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Lawyers for an unidentified gay man are seeking a ruling which would bring Northern Ireland’s policy into line with the rest of the UK.

They also argued that the risk of spreading infection through blood was greater among heterosexual groups.

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