23rd October 2013
Northern Ireland Health Minister ‘disappointed’ at losing fight against gay adoption rights 12
11:55 AM — Edwin Poots says he’s “disappointed” at the UK Supreme Court for dismissing his latest legal challenge against adoption rights for same-sex couples.
7th October 2013
Northern Ireland Health Minister: ‘It is not a human right for gay couples to adopt children’ 33
2:25 PM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots says "It is not a human right to adopt a child for either a mixed-sex couple or a same-sex couple."
13th September 2013
Northern Ireland Health Department to fight to keep gay adoption ban at Supreme Court 51
6:26 PM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots plans to spend even more public money in his fight against allowing same-sex couples the right to adopt in the country.
10th July 2013
Northern Ireland Health Minister spends £40,000 of public money appealing against pro-gay adoption ruling 18
11:39 AM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots has used £40,000 of public money in a legal campaign to prevent same-sex couples from being allowed to adopt children.
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.
24th May 2013
Question Time: Ian Paisley Jr defends saying he was ‘repulsed’ by gays and lesbians 51
12:51 AM — The DUP MP Ian Paisley Jr was challenged on Question Time about his 2007 interview where he said that he was "repulsed" by gays and lesbians.
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."
28th April 2013
Northern Ireland: Alliance Party leader ‘treated harshly’ by his church over equal marriage support 10
6:03 PM — Lord Alderdice, the predecessor to David Ford, the current leader of Northern Ireland's Alliance Party, has said that Ford has been treated harshly by his church over his equal marriage support.
27th April 2013
Northern Ireland: Same-sex marriage motion vetoed by DUP before debate 30
1:01 PM — The DUP has once again blocked progress on same-sex marriage legislation in Northern Ireland, having effectively vetoed it through a 'petition of concern'.
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.
19th April 2013
Investigation into Iris Robinson’s ‘gay cure’ therapist taking place behind closed doors 6
4:40 PM — Investigations by the General Medical Council (GMC) into a psychiatrist whose work attempted to "cure" gay people, and who worked with shamed former MP Iris Robinson, are taking place in private.
6th February 2013
All but two of Northern Ireland’s MPs voted against equal marriage for England and Wales 35
2:24 PM — Only two out of 13 Northern Irish MPs voted to pass the same-sex marriage bill, but gay rights groups have praised the overall decision.
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.
20th December 2012
Northern Ireland: Councillor who opposes same-sex marriage joins rival party 10
3:05 PM — An ex-Alliance Party councillor in Northern Ireland has joined the Democratic Unionists Party (DUP) because he is opposed to Alliance’s support for same-sex marriage.
9th October 2012
Comment: “It was an amazing push for marriage equality” 6
1:43 PM — Despite last week’s equal marriage defeat in the Northern Ireland Assembly, in a comment piece for PinkNews.co.uk, Gary Spedding says there are reasons to be optimistic when it comes to securing LGBT equality in Northern Ireland.