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.
19th June 2012
Lord Maginnis warns withdrawal of whip over anti-gay comments was ‘a gross mistake’ 24
2:00 PM — Lord Maginnis has described the Ulster Unionist Party's decision to withdraw the party whip from the former MP as a 'gross mistake' and said he should 'examine his position'.
18th June 2012
Northern Ireland: Police officers disciplined over inadequate response to homophobic crimes 22
10:17 PM — Eight police officers at a station in County Down, Northern Ireland, have been disciplined after a gay couple complained about inadequate response to reports of homophobic crimes.
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.
Party whip withdrawn from Lord Maginnis over homophobic remarks 30
7:39 PM — The leader of Ulster Unionist Party has withdrawn the party whip from Lord Maginnis over his homophobic remarks.
14th June 2012
Northern Ireland: Ulster Unionist Party to hold extraordinary meeting on equal marriage 12
11:32 PM — The leader of the Ulster Unionist Party has called for an extraordinary meeting of its policy makers in order to affirm the party's position on equal marriage, the BBC reports.
13th June 2012
Northern Ireland survey: Four in ten would object to a relative’s gay relationship 65
10:35 AM — A survey into social attitudes and discrimination in Northern Ireland has found a quarter of people would object to having a gay or bisexual neighbour and four in ten would object to a close relative forming a relationship with a gay or bisexual person.
23rd May 2012
Northern Ireland Secretary of State, Owen Paterson, opposed to equal marriage 89
10:42 AM — The Tory MP Owen Paterson, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, has become the first cabinet member to publicly declare his opposition to marriage equality.
15th May 2012
Comment: Gays must be more involved if the Church of Ireland is to be more inclusive 16
12:14 PM — Stephen Spillane writes that gay members of the Church of Ireland must immerse themselves more following its recent vote on marriage and 'normative' relationships.
14th May 2012
Church of Ireland Synod: Gay relationships cannot be ‘normative’ 68
10:37 AM — The General Synod of the Church of Ireland has passed a motion confirming its opposition to the recognition of gay marriages and describing straight unions as the only 'normative' context for a sexual relationship.
11th May 2012
Church of Ireland withdraws controversial marriage motion from debate 9
11:56 AM — A motion to affirm the Church of Ireland's view of straight marriage as being the "only normative context for sexual intercourse" has been removed from this week's General Synod meeting after it provoked complaints.
10th May 2012
Footballer baffled by reaction of Twitter ‘fruits’ to gay comments 60
3:28 PM — A footballer in Northern Ireland has received waves of criticism for a series of tweets in which he suggested gays 'anal a girl', adding that he would walk away from gay critics without 'turning his back' on them.
29th April 2012
Northern Ireland: Priest who ‘inadvertently’ projected gay porn to shocked parents to leave diocese 51
5:02 PM — The Catholic priest who 'inadvertently' displayed pornographic images of men to a group of parents at a primary school in Northern Ireland is to leave the area.
23rd April 2012
Inquiry into Catholic priest’s gay porn display ‘inconclusive’ 39
4:42 PM — The inquiry into how a Catholic priest in Northern Ireland came to accidentally display images of gay porn to a room of primary school parents has been called 'inconclusive'.
20th April 2012
Northern Ireland: Homophobic killer’s appeal refused 11
10:06 PM — A man who was jailed for the homophobic murder of a gay man in Northern Ireland has been denied the chance to appeal the judgment.
Results of inquiry into priest’s accidental gay porn display expected today 26
12:40 PM — The results of an investigation into how a Catholic priest in Northern Ireland managed to display images of gay porn to a group of primary school parents instead of instructions on Holy Communion are expected to be released today.