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.
27th August 2013
Belfast: Director of gay restaurant called staff ‘poofs’ and ‘dykes’ 19
3:33 PM — An employment tribunal has heard how a Belfast businessman groped a gay male employee’s groin, asked a lesbian manager for sex, and routinely used homophobic language.
15th August 2013
Northern Ireland: LGBT rights campaigners protest Russian anti-gay law 2
3:48 PM — LGBT rights campaigners staged a rally last night in front of Belfast City Hall to voice their opposition to controversial anti-gay legislation and the persecution of LGBT people in Russia.
30th July 2013
Belfast man avoids prison term following homophobic assault 3
5:21 PM — A drug addict who carried out an anti-gay attack has avoided being sent to prison with his lawyer insisting he was not homophobic, having been looked after by a gay man earlier in his life.
20th July 2013
FAQ: Why will same-sex marriage be legal only in England and Wales? And other questions 24
3:59 PM — PinkNews.co.uk has many readers across the UK and the world and so we have been sent in many questions relating to the passing of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act this week. Here are some of the questions and the answers.
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.
6th July 2013
Belfast City Hall celebrates Pride in the only part of the UK where gays will be banned from marrying 19
2:51 PM — The City Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland, was lit up in rainbow colours last night to coincide with the start of Pride, but it will be the only of the UK's capital cities where same-sex couples will be banned from marrying once the law changes in Westminster and Edinburgh.
House of Commons Speaker John Bercow: My support for LGBT rights is ‘legitimate and essential’ 5
12:43 PM — In his third visit to Belfast as House of Commons Speaker, John Bercow told the audience of Amnesty’s annual Belfast Pride lecture that although Northern Ireland is “considerably behind” when it comes to LGBT rights, “if it’s won through in the rest of the kingdom it will prevail in Northern Ireland”.
4th July 2013
House of Commons Speaker John Bercow to appear at Belfast Amnesty Pride Lecture 4
12:04 AM — The Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow, will deliver a talk as part of Amnesty International Northern Ireland’s annual Pride Lecture this evening (4 July).
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.
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.
14th June 2013
Northern Ireland elects first openly gay mayor 5
4:54 PM — An Alliance Party councillor in Northern Ireland has become the country’s first openly gay elected mayor.
12th June 2013
Belfast: Man jailed over homophobic attack in gay bar toilet 4
11:32 AM — A 27-year-old man who attacked a gay man in the toilets of a gay bar in Belfast, calling him a "gay bastard", has been sent to prison.
6th June 2013
Poll: 57% of people in Northern Ireland now support equal marriage 13
2:15 PM — A new poll has found that a majority of Northern Irish people now support the right of gay and lesbian couples to get married.
27th May 2013
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.