12th April 2013
Northern Ireland: Health minister ordered to release gay blood ban advice 15
11:38 AM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots has been ordered to release advice from the country’s attorney general, which he used to justify a lifetime ban on gay men giving blood.
28th October 2012
Northern Ireland Health minister criticised by Greens over gay adoption appeal 15
4:34 PM — Speaking at his party’s conference, Northern Ireland Green Party leader Steven Agnew said Edwin Poots was "unfit for office" over his decision to challenge a senior judge’s ruling on adoption rights for couples in civil partnerships.
24th October 2012
Northern Ireland attorney general isolated over gay adoption
10:29 PM — The UK Government is seeking to distance itself from Northern Ireland Attorney General John Larkin’s decision to intervene in a European court case involving gay adoption laws.
18th October 2012
Northern Ireland Health minister to challenge gay adoption ruling 35
3:08 PM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots has announced he will challenge a landmark ruling to overturn the ban that prevents gay couples in civil partnerships from adopting in the country.
2nd September 2012
Northern Ireland: Alliance Party votes in favour of equal marriage 13
12:25 AM — The Alliance Party in Northern Ireland has voted in favour of introducing equal marriage. The motion passed, calling for “equal civil marriage with robust protection for faith groups”.
17th June 2012
Northern Ireland: Health minister retains ban on gay people donating blood, faces growing criticism 120
8:49 PM — The health minister of Northern Ireland has decided to retain the current ban on gay people donating blood, citing two works of research which he claims strengthened his position.