The director of a conservative Catholic think tank in Ireland says he backs gay adoption over 'awful' orphanages.
Northern Ireland's High Court ruled yesterday (18 October) that a ban on gay and lesbian couples adopting children is unlawful, challenging the current law which states that a single gay or lesbian person can adopt but a couple in a civil partnership cannot.
Northern Ireland's Health Minister Edwin Poots says he will appeal the ruling.
But the director of the Iona Institute, which promotes the ideal of a traditional heterosexual family, has come out in favor of same-sex couples adopting a child.
David Quinn said: 'If the choice is between being left in an orphanage and being raised by a loving single parent, a loving same-sex couple, or a loving unmarried couple, then absolutely the child has to be adopted.
'Institutions, even when they are well run, are awful places for a child to grow up in. I've seen this and there's no question about it.'
The High Court verdict came in a challenge to adoption laws brought by the NI Human Rights Commission.
An outright ban was lifted in England, Scotland and Wales last year, but gay and bisexual men are still barred from giving blood for a year.