Topics :: Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Lawmakers Vote Down Gay Marriage Bill

By Jason St. Amand | Wednesday Apr 30, 2014
Lawmakers from Northern Ireland voted down a bill Tuesday that would grant same-sex couples marriage rights.

Northern Ireland Gov’t Legalizes Same-Sex Adoption

By Jason St. Amand | Thursday Dec 12, 2013
A ban prohibiting same-sex and unmarried couples from adopting children in Northern Ireland has been lifted.

Northern Ireland Man Attacked in Alleged Hate Crime

By Jason St. Amand | Thursday Sep 26, 2013
A man from Belfast, Northern Ireland, says he was allegedly beaten after leaving a popular gay nightclub by two men, who hurled anti-gay slurs at him.

Northern Ireland Votes Down Gay Marriage Bill

By Jason St. Amand | Wednesday May 1, 2013
Lawmakers in Northern Ireland voted against a measure that would have recognized marriage equality.

Irish Politician: Homosexuality = Bestiality

By Jason St. Amand | Friday Aug 31, 2012
A lawmaker from Northern Ireland recently resigned after serving 50 years as a member of the country’s Ulster Unionist Party, for making anti-gay remarks and comparing gay sex to bestiality.

Ireland Calls to LGBT American Singers

Friday Jun 1, 2012
Various Voices, the choral event featuring talent from around the world, has selected Dublin as the host city for 2014’s festival and, as ever, is reaching out to LGBT choirs from around the world.

Belfast Pride Draws Crowd, Protest, Rebuke

By Kilian Melloy | Monday Aug 1, 2011
The 21st edition of Belfast’s Pride Parade took place on July 30, drawing a crowd to the city but also triggering anti-gay religious protests. Organizers took pains to make the occasion welcoming to all, going so far as to host a "family fun day."

N. Ireland’s Homophobic Mrs. Robinson Gets Song Shout Outs

By Steve Weinstein | Friday Jan 15, 2010
And here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson: Northern Ireland’s most homophobic lawmaker, who has resigned in disgrace, can at least take credit for reviving on the greatest songs of the 1960s.

N. Ireland Anti-Gay Politician Caught in Underage Sex Scandal

By Kilian Melloy | Friday Jan 8, 2010
Anti-gay North Ireland politician Iris Robinson has admitted to an affair with a 20-year-old man.

Belfast Church Ad Condemning ’Sodomy’ is Banned

By Kilian Melloy | Friday Sep 11, 2009
A church in Belfast, Ireland, is appealing a ban on a newspaper ad that claims gays have a "perverted form of sexuality."