Controversial remarks made by Ian Paisley jnr about gay people do not amount to a breach of Assembly members' code of conduct.
The ruling has been made in a confidential report by the Assembly Ombudsman Tom Frawley, according to the BBC.
The inquiry followed a complaint by a member of the public concerning an article in Hot Press magazine in which Mr Paisley said that homosexuals " without caring... harm society".
However, in the article, published in May, he said he did not hate homosexuals.
The Committee on Standards and Privileges has been discussing the report by the Ombudsman, who interviewed Mr Paisley about his remarks.