3rd October 2014
Northern Irish Health Minister Jim Wells denies ‘homophobic’ Twitter blockings 5
6:23 PM — Northern Irish Health Minister Jim Wells has claimed his decision to block gay rights activists and PinkNews on Twitter was motivated by "abusive language".
1st October 2014
Northern Ireland Health Minister announces consultation on HIV self-testing kits
4:15 PM — Health Minister Jim Wells has announced a consultation on removing the ban on HIV self-testing kits in Northern Ireland.
24th September 2014
Northern Ireland: New Health Minister thinks Pride is ‘repugnant’ 15
7:33 PM — Jim Wells, who thinks Pride is "totally repugnant", has been appointed as Northern Ireland's new Health Minister.
Northern Ireland: Health minister who claimed gay couples shouldn’t adopt children sacked in reshuffle 9
1:16 PM — Northern Irish health minister Edwin Poots, who was branded a "disgrace" after he refused to lift the country's blanket ban on gay men donating blood, has been sacked in a reshuffle.
11th September 2014
Northern Ireland: Top judge blasts ministers over lifetime gay blood ban row 5
10:49 AM — Northern Ireland's first and deputy first ministers have clashed in a row over a court judgement about the province's lifetime ban on gay men giving blood.
11th July 2014
UK: Councillor claims ‘politically correct Gestapo’ responsible for gay cake row 17
12:35 PM — A councillor has claimed that a "politically correct Gestapo" is targeting Christian businesses, following a row over a Christian bakery.
6th June 2014
Catholics who oppose gay marriage should vote DUP, says Health Minister 44
1:37 PM — Edwin Poots says his party’s opposition to same-sex marriage makes it a good choice for social conservative Catholics.
4th June 2014
Gay marriage resembles ‘Sodom’, says pastor linked to Northern Ireland First Minister 7
4:57 PM — Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson appears to be sticking by an anti-gay, anti-Muslim preacher.
30th May 2014
NI First Minister: ‘I would never insult any community’ – except the gays? 21
5:44 PM — Peter Robinson appeared to suffer a severe sense of irony failure yesterday, claiming that he would “never seek” to insult any section of Northern Ireland’s community – from a man who has said homosexuality is an “abomination”.
29th April 2014
UK: NI Assembly rejects equal marriage motion by 51-43 vote 39
6:14 PM — The Northern Ireland Assembly has rejected a motion calling for same-sex marriage to be introduced.
Amnesty: ‘Northern Ireland Assembly will not be able to block equal marriage indefinitely’ 7
2:15 PM — Human rights charity Amnesty International says the Northern Ireland Assembly will not be able to block same-sex marriage indefinitely.
28th April 2014
DUP Chief Whip: ‘Same-sex marriage is not an issue of equality or human rights’ 30
7:08 PM — The Democratic Unionist Party’s Chief Whip has defended his party’s opposition to equal marriage in Northern Ireland.
DUP once again vetoes Northern Ireland equal marriage vote 26
4:52 PM — Tuesday’s planned vote on equal marriage has been vetoed by the Democratic Unionist Party.
16th April 2014
Northern Ireland Assembly set to debate equal marriage 21
5:52 PM — The Northern Ireland Assembly will debate equal marriage on 29 April in a motion filed by several MLAs.
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.
Andy Burnham: Why is Jeremy Hunt supporting a lifetime ban on gay men giving blood in Northern Ireland? 10
11:41 AM — Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham has called on UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to explain his position on gay men donating blood in Northern Ireland.
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.
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.