8 January 2013
Comment: Marriage equality is more than a passing possibility in Northern Ireland
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.
20 December 2012
Northern Ireland: Councillor who opposes same-sex marriage joins rival party
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.
17 November 2012
Northern Ireland: Funeral held of leading gay rights campaigner PA Maglochlainn
The funeral is being held today of one of Northern Ireland's best known LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) rights campaigners, PA Maglochlainn, who died from a long illness.
15 November 2012
Tributes for Northern Ireland gay rights campaigner
Tributes are being paid to Northern Ireland LGBT rights campaigner PA Maglochlainn, who has died from a long illness.
28 October 2012
Northern Ireland Health minister criticised by Greens over gay adoption appeal
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.
26 October 2012
Northern Ireland marks landmark gay rights anniversary
Thirty years ago in 1982 Jeff Dudgeon, a shipping clerk and gay rights activist in Belfast, successfully challenged the criminalisation of sexual relations between men at the European Court of Human Rights.
24 October 2012
Northern Ireland attorney general isolated over gay adoption
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.
18 October 2012
Northern Ireland Health minister to challenge gay adoption ruling
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.
18 October 2012
Northern Ireland gay adoption ban ruled unlawful
The ban preventing gay couples in civil partnerships and unmarried straight couples from adopting children in Northern Ireland has been deemed unlawful, a High Court judge has ruled.
9 October 2012
Comment: “It was an amazing push for marriage equality”
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.
4 October 2012
Northern Ireland: Gay rights group welcomes election of archbishop
Changing Attitude Ireland, the Church of Ireland’s pro-gay group, has welcomed the appointment of Reverend Richard Clarke as the new primate of All-Ireland.
1 October 2012
Equal marriage defeat for Northern Ireland
A motion calling for same-sex couples to be given the right to marry in Northern Ireland has been defeated in the Stormont Assembly.
1 October 2012
Presbyterian Church: Equal marriage will ‘demolish’ society
The Presbyterian Church has written to all Northern Ireland Assembly members stating its staunch opposition to equal marriage.
26 September 2012
Lord Ken Maginnis dismisses Stonewall’s ‘bigot’ nomination
Lord Ken Maginnis, the former Ulster Unionist MP, who previously referred to same-sex marriage as “unnatural and deviant behaviour” has dismissed his nomination for Stonewall’s “Bigot of the Year” award.
21 September 2012
UK: Cardinal Keith O’Brien nominated for ‘bigot’ of the year, by Stonewall
Stonewall, Britain’s largest gay rights charity, has nominated the UK’s most senior catholic, Cardinal Keith O’ Brien for the title of Bigot of the Year as part of its annual awards ceremony.
11 September 2012
Comment: Homophobia is still a blight on our society
Writing for PinkNews.co.uk Gary Spedding says the number of anti-gay incidents in Northern Ireland shows more needs to be done to tackle homophobia in society.
10 September 2012
Northern Ireland: Green leader pushes for equal marriage
A private member’s motion to debate equal marriage, which previously failed to gain support, during the last session of Northern Ireland’s Legislative Assembly, has been resubmitted for the coming year.
23 August 2012
Northern Ireland: Retired Church of Ireland cleric backs calls for marriage equality to be legalised
A retired senior Church of Ireland cleric has called for marriage equality to be made legal.
20 August 2012
Ulster councillor withdraws ‘gay disease’ remark
An Ulster Unionist councillor has taken back a series of comments he made in which he compared homosexuality variously to a “disease” and a "disability" during a debate on marriage equality.
3 August 2012
Protest against Northern Irish gay blood donation ban
Calls for the Northern Irish Health Secretary to step down were voiced at an angry protest against the ban on gay blood donation in Londonderry.