Gays '40 times more likely to abuse children', claims election candidate Susan-Anne White
Northern Ireland's most controversial election candidate is at the centre of a fresh storm - after claiming gay people are 40 times more likely to abuse children.
Susan-Anne White, who is standing in West Tyrone, has previously caused uproar over her calls for homosexuals to be jailed.
She has stirred new outrage after comments made at an election debate on Tuesday night.
The devout Christian, who is standing as an Independent, defended claims made by the DUP's Jim Wells linking gay couples with child abuse.
Mr Wells has since apologised for his comments and resigned as Health Minister.
Mrs White supported the remarks, saying: "In the main what Jim Wells said was correct, and I can prove it."
She added: "Studies have shown that homosexuals are 40 times more likely than the general populace to abuse children."
To angry jeers from the audience, she then cited a number of cases where gay people were convicted of child abuse in the UK and US.
The comments were made at an election hustings in Omagh on Tuesday night.
Video footage of the remarks was released by the Ulster Herald newspaper last night.
During the debate, Mrs White also took a swipe at the Conservatives' candidate in West Tyrone, Claire-Louise Leyland, over her party's support for gay marriage.
"It's a shame that Claire-Louise's party legalised sodomite marriage. That is something she should hang her head in shame about. She should not be proud about that."
This is not the first time that Mrs White (56), from Trillick in Co Tyrone, has caused a stir.
The Belfast Telegraph first reported on her last May when she stood in the local council elections and stoked similar controversy over her views on gays, Islam and rock music. She received 67 votes.
A rambling interview she gave to the Belfast Telegraph earlier this month made headlines far beyond Northern Ireland.
Mrs White wants to outlaw rock music, saying it fuels sexual anarchy and drug use, and blames feminism for the economic collapse.
Yet she has denied her views are extreme.
"I don't consider myself extreme - not at all," she said.
"My views only seem extreme because society has moved away from God's principles."
She has said anyone involved in homosexual or adulterous practices should be jailed, and wants corporal punishment restored in schools.