28th November 2013
Northern Ireland: LGBT activists stage rainbow protest during Health Minister’s visit 5
6:59 PM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots had his visit to a Derry hospital briefly eclipsed by the sight of a rainbow flag, held in protest over his anti-gay views.
21st November 2013
Green leader slams Northern Ireland Health Minister’s views against gay parents 7
7:26 PM — Steven Agnew, the leader of the Green Party in Northern Ireland has criticised the country’s Health Minster, Edwin Poots, for his opposition to same-sex parents.
15th November 2013
Tribunal rules Northern Ireland Health Minister’s blood ban advice can remain secret 13
12:53 PM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots has won the right to withhold the legal reasons for enforcing a lifetime ban preventing gay and bisexual men from donating blood in the province.
14th November 2013
Comment: Northern Ireland’s Health Minister will only be remembered for homophobia 8
4:23 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Levi Greene says Northern Ireland's Health Minister, Edwin Poots, is an example of someone with "distasteful views" being in a position of power.
13th November 2013
Northern Ireland Health Minister: The ‘natural order’ for having a child is a man and a woman 14
10:37 AM — Edwin Poots has said that while he does not regard being gay as an abomination, he believes the "natural order" for having a child is strictly between a man and a woman.
6th November 2013
Northern Ireland Assembly calls on Edwin Poots to end blood ban, or resign 5
11:59 AM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots should resign if he is unable to end the ban on gay men giving blood, the country’s Assembly has warned.
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”.
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.
21st October 2013
Doctor says NI Health Minister listening to the ‘wrong people’ on blood policy 12
5:59 PM — A top doctor believes Edwin Poots has been listening to the "wrong people" over his support of a lifetime ban on gay men donating blood in Northern Ireland.
15th October 2013
National AIDS Trust says Northern Ireland should match rest of UK on blood donation rules 2
4:39 PM — The National AIDS Trust has urged Northern Ireland’s government to accept Belfast High Court’s ruling against maintaining a lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.
Northern Ireland First Minister suggests fight to keep gay blood ban not over 3
4:09 PM — Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson has said last week’s decision to rule against the province’s lifetime ban on blood donations from gay men could be appealed.
14th October 2013
Northern Ireland Health Minister concedes gay blood ban ‘matter for Jeremy Hunt’ 4
4:55 PM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots has signalled that his crusade to maintain the province’s lifetime ban on gay men giving blood is at an end.
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."
Northern Ireland gay couple use English adoption route in order to bypass anti-gay ban 2
12:12 PM — A gay couple living in Northern Ireland have said they went to England to adopt in order to get round NI's gay adoption ban.
17th September 2013
Northern Ireland: Petition calls on Health Minister to be sacked over anti-gay views 32
1:26 PM — Nearly 3,000 people have signed an online petition urging Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots to be sacked for “squandering public money in the pursuit of a personal agenda against unmarried and same-sex couples.”
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.
27th June 2013
Northern Ireland: Health Minister’s appeal dismissed paving way for civil partners to adopt 10
12:10 PM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots' challenge against a senior judge’s ruling on adoption rights for couples in civil partnerships has been dismissed.
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.
17th April 2013
Northern Ireland: Gay blood ban debated in High Court 15
7:18 PM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots’ decision to maintain the lifetime ban on gay men giving blood in Northern Ireland has been debated in the country’s High Court.