11th April 2014
Jeremy Hunt ‘absolutely’ wants Northern Ireland to lift lifetime gay blood ban 1
1:25 PM — The Health Secretary "absolutely wanted" Northern Ireland to lift its lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men giving blood, his spokeswoman says.
8th April 2014
Jeremy Hunt: Lifting the lifetime gay blood ban is a matter for Northern Ireland 5
11:43 AM — Lifting Northern Ireland’s lifetime ban on gay men giving blood is a matter for the province, UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has stated.
7th April 2014
Alliance Party: Northern Ireland Health Minister is a disgrace for wasting public money on a homophobic blood ban 4
3:20 PM — Northern Ireland’s Alliance Party has slammed Health Minister Edwin Poots for continuing his "crusade" against lifting a lifetime ban on gay men giving blood in the province.
7th March 2014
Northern Ireland Government LGBT consultation launches next week after long delay 15
10:49 AM — A public consultation on a long-delayed strategy to underpin the rights of LGBT people in Northern Ireland is set to start next week.
4th March 2014
DUP minister refuses to say if delay to LGBT strategy is due to religious concerns within party 7
1:21 PM — DUP minister Jonathan Bell refuses to be drawn on whether religious concerns among his party may explain a six-year delay in the launch of an LGBT government strategy.
6th February 2014
Mayor of North Down: Northern Ireland will have equal marriage within 10 years 9
12:31 PM — The Mayor of North Down, Andrew Muir, predicts Northern Ireland will legalise equal marriage within the next 10 years.
31st January 2014
DUP makes formal complaint against academic over gay suicide claims 14
3:16 PM — The Democratic Unionist Party says it has made a formal complaint against an academic who wrote an email claiming the DUP may have been responsible for gay youngsters killing themselves.
31st October 2013
Northern Ireland Equality Commission declaration on equal marriage welcomed by Sinn Fein 2
2:23 PM — Criticism of Northern Ireland’s Assembly for failing to make progress on equal marriage has been welcomed by Sinn Féin.
25th October 2013
Northern Ireland DUP politician tells children homosexuality is ‘an abomination’ 69
6:16 PM — A Northern Ireland DUP Assembly Member has told children at a school that homosexuality is “an abomination”.
26th June 2013
Another defeat for equal marriage in Northern Ireland in the Stormont Assembly 36
1:31 PM — The Northern Ireland Assembly has voted against recognising the same-sex marriage bill for England and Wales.
27th May 2013
Ian Paisley Jr: Same-sex marriage is a significantly damaging change to society 56
7:10 PM — Ian Paisley Jr told a Christian television channel that same-sex marriage is an "attack on society", adding that he wants to distance himself from his media portrayal as a "hateful person".
Comment: Homophobia in the Democratic Unionist Party 22
2:48 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Gary Spedding reflects on homophobia in Northern Ireland, and the attitude of the Democratic Unionist Party towards gay rights.
9th May 2013
Comment: British LGBT rights under threat from Unionism 6
2:42 PM — Paul Hagan-Rae writes that the Unionist leadership in Northern Ireland is holding the country back when it comes to progressing with LGBT rights.
DUP MP William McCrea: ‘David Cameron has no mandate for his same-sex marriage bill’ 20
1:15 PM — DUP MP Dr William McCrea has criticised David Cameron for pushing ahead with the same-sex marriage bill and says “no party has a mandate for that change.
8th May 2013
Northern Ireland: District Council passes motion supporting gay civil marriage 7
3:47 PM — The District Council in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, has passed a Sinn Fein motion in favour of "supporting the same rights and entitlements to civil marriages for all citizens of Fermanagh regardless of race, religion or sexuality."
26th April 2013
Northern Ireland: Catholic bishops lobby assembly members ahead of equal marriage debate 20
10:48 AM — Catholic bishops in Northern Ireland are writing to assembly members urging them to vote against a motion which would legalise equal marriage.
24th January 2013
Politician: I want a tolerant Northern Ireland — but I’m against gay marriage and civil partnerships 53
7:13 PM — Democratic Unionist Party MLA Jonathan Bell says he wants Northern Ireland to be "a tolerant and inclusive society" but claims there are “no grounds to redefine marriage”.
8th January 2013
Comment: Marriage equality is more than a passing possibility in Northern Ireland 14
3:59 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Gary Spedding says there are reasons to be optimistic when it comes to Northern Ireland embracing marriage equality in 2013.
1st August 2012
Lord Mayor of Belfast first DUP representative to attend Pride event 35
2:16 PM — The Lord Mayor of Belfast, a councillor for the Democratic Unionist Party whose members have made numerous anti-gay comments in recent years, has attended a Pride event in the city.
4th February 2010
Iris Robinson claimed £1,644 for a bed 26
12:28 PM — Shamed former MP Iris Robinson claimed £1,644.90 for a bed, a report of MPs' expenses revealed today. Mrs Robinson, a homophobic evangelical Christian, quit politics last month after her affair with a 19-year-old was exposed.