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.
26th October 2012
Northern Ireland marks landmark gay rights anniversary 5
10:28 PM — 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.
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.
Northern Ireland gay adoption ban ruled unlawful 12
12:07 PM — 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.
9th October 2012
Comment: “It was an amazing push for marriage equality” 6
1:43 PM — 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.
4th October 2012
Northern Ireland: Gay rights group welcomes election of archbishop 12
1:00 PM — 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.
1st October 2012
Equal marriage defeat for Northern Ireland 39
6:58 PM — A motion calling for same-sex couples to be given the right to marry in Northern Ireland has been defeated in the Stormont Assembly.
Presbyterian Church: Equal marriage will ‘demolish’ society 42
2:56 PM — The Presbyterian Church has written to all Northern Ireland Assembly members stating its staunch opposition to equal marriage.
26th September 2012
Lord Ken Maginnis dismisses Stonewall’s ‘bigot’ nomination 45
11:56 AM — 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.
21st September 2012
UK: Cardinal Keith O’Brien nominated for ‘bigot’ of the year, by Stonewall 32
8:03 PM — 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.
11th September 2012
Comment: Homophobia is still a blight on our society 6
3:25 PM — 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.
10th September 2012
Northern Ireland: Green leader pushes for equal marriage 3
2:21 PM — 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.
23rd August 2012
Northern Ireland: Retired Church of Ireland cleric backs calls for marriage equality to be legalised 10
12:33 PM — A retired senior Church of Ireland cleric has called for marriage equality to be made legal.
20th August 2012
Ulster councillor withdraws ‘gay disease’ remark 38
11:32 AM — 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.
3rd August 2012
Protest against Northern Irish gay blood donation ban 20
4:21 PM — 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.
1st August 2012
Lord Mayor of Belfast first DUP representative to attend Pride event 35
2:16 PM — The Lord Mayor of Belfast, a councillor for the Democratic Unionist Party whose members have made numerous anti-gay comments in recent years, has attended a Pride event in the city.
23rd July 2012
Northern Ireland: Peer reignites argument over ‘perverse’ equal marriage 46
1:48 PM — After suggesting marriage rights for gay couples were a 'rung on the ladder' to legalising sex with animals, Lord Maginnis has said he is 'disgusted' that a Tory think tank supports the move and will campaign to challenge its private funding streams.
11th July 2012
Northern Ireland: Equal marriage campaign group launched 13
11:13 AM — A new campaigning group, Equal Marriage NI, has been launched to push for marriage equality between gay and straight couples in Northern Ireland.
4th July 2012
Northern Ireland: Public meeting on equal marriage in Belfast tomorrow 7
4:27 PM — A free public conference will be held tomorrow evening in Belfast to unite supporters of equal marriage rights for gay and straight couples in Northern Ireland into a new campaigning group.