IRIS GAY ROW; Homosexuality Can Be Cured, Says Devout MP NEW ERA IN ULSTER POLITICS?

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Byline: BY LAURA ARMSTRONG

OUTSPOKEN Iris Robinson outraged campaigners and psychiatrists yesterday - by claiming homosexuals can be "cured".

And, speaking after a man was seriously injured in a hate attack, the wife of new First Minister Peter Robinson admitted gay people made her "nauseous".

Mrs Robinson sparked a wave of anger by announcing on Radio Ulster's Nolan Show that therapy can help gay people turn away from their lifestyle.

And as tempers reached boiling point, the politician insisted they can go on to lead happily-married lives.

Mrs Robinson condemned the assault in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, on Radio Ulster's Stephen Nolan Show yesterday morning.

But the devout Christian MP went on to claim there was help available for gay people who want to reform.

She added: "I have a very lovely psychiatrist who works with me inmy offices and he tries to help homosexuals trying to turn away from what they are engaged in. It is a process but it does work.

"I have met people who have turned around to become heterosexual and they're married and are having families."

But experts rubbished her claims. The Royal College of Psychiatrists' Dr Michael King said: "There has been a lot of evidence for the past 30, 40, even 50 years, that attempts to change people's sexuality are not possible - and actually cause a great deal of harm.

"All the research points to the fact that these attempts do not work and most psychiatrists would not involve their religious beliefs in treatment. …