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 3
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.
1st November 2013
Alliance Party says Northern Ireland Equality Commission should have moved sooner on equal marriage 4
6:51 PM — The Northern Ireland Alliance Party Assembly Member, Stephen Farry, has said the country’s Equality Commission should have spoken out in support of equal marriage “much earlier”.
31st October 2013
BBC Radio callers tell PinkNews founder that being gay should be illegal and gays should be sectioned 73
4:42 PM — Callers into a BBC Northern Ireland programme were asked to comment on Stormont's failure to move towards equal marriage for same sex couples, with some callers, and a Presbytarian Reverend featured on the show, saying that being gay should be made illegal.
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.
30th October 2013
Northern Ireland Assembly criticised by Equality Commission for blocking equal marriage 5
6:13 PM — Northern Ireland's Equality Commission has criticised repeated attempts to block progress on equal marriage in the NI Assembly.
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.
22nd October 2013
UK Supreme Court rejects Northern Ireland Health Minister’s appeal against gay adoption 10
6:14 PM — The UK Supreme Court has rejected an attempt to overturn a court ruling in favour of same-sex and unmarried couples adopting children in Northern Ireland.
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.
17th October 2013
BBC Nolan viewer: I would rather die than take a blood transfusion from a gay person 57
8:45 PM — A viewer of the Northern Irish BBC Nolan Show last night text in to say they would rather die than take a blood transfusion from a gay person.
15th October 2013
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.
11th October 2013
Northern Ireland: Judge rules Health Minister displayed prejudice in supporting gay blood ban 15
3:06 PM — A court has found that Northern Ireland's Health Minister Edwin Poots breached the ministerial code in continuing the ban on gay men donating blood.
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: Three plead guilty to manslaughter of man killed in suspected homophobic attack
4:20 PM — Three men have admitted to the manslaughter of Andrew Lorimer, who was beaten to death in a suspected homophobic attack in County Armagh, last year. The body of the 43-year-old, a former canoeing instructor and security guard, was found by a burglar who broke into his flat in Portlec Place, Lurgan.
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.