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North Ireland Gay Couple Launches Bid for Marriage Equality

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

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A same sex couple in Northern Ireland is challenging the ban on marriage equality there.

Pink News reports:

Northern Ireland is currently the only part of the UK to not permit or recognise same-sex marriage, after it was legalised in England, Wales and Scotland last year. The country’s governing Democratic Unionist Party remains strongly opposed to gay rights, and has blocked all attempts to bring in marriage equality. Last Thursday a same-sex couple who married in England but live in Northern Ireland filed a legal challenge – backed by the Rainbow Project – which alleges the failure to recognise their marriage in the country infringes on their rights. An anonymity order has already been granted – which protects the identity of the couple at the heart of the lawsuit.

Just this week, another couple who entered into a civil partnership in Northern Ireland found they were ineligible to convert their partnership to a marriage in Scotland, because the law looks to the country where the partnership was formed.

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2014: A big year for UK marriage equality

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Keep calm and support marriage equality2014 was a big year for marriage equality in the UK.

Same-sex marriage is now possible in the United Kingdom, with the exception of Northern Ireland. As marriage law is devolved to the governments of each country in the Union, the status of same-sex marriage is different in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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Poll: Average British Person Knows Five and a Half Gay Men

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

titleA new UK poll shows how many gays and lesbians the typical British person knows.

Gay Star News reports:

A new government poll has revealed the average British person knows more gay men than lesbian women. Statistics show the average British person knows 5.5 gay men and 3.1 lesbian women. The poll only focused on these two aspects of the LGBTI community. The information was gathered by government body YouGov in a survey aiming to find a reasonable number for how many gays and lesbians there are in the UK. No official data exists as to how many gays and lesbians there are in the UK, but some groups, such as LGBTI equality group Stonewall, say a figure of six per cent of the population being LGBTI is a sensible estimation.

Next poll – how many gays are between you and Kevin Bacon?

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UK, Northern Ireland: Marriage Equality Rejected by Assembly 51-43

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

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The Catholic Church got its way again in Northern Ireland, where the Assembly, led by the DUP, once again rejected a marriage equality bill.

Pink News reports:

It is the third time the assembly has voted down a same-sex marriage motion in 18 months, with stiff opposition from DUP and some UUP members. The motion had been tabled by six MLAs, from the Alliance, Sinn Fein and Green parties, but its passage was deemed unlikely after DUP tabled a petition of concern, hindering cross-party efforts to pass it. MLAs from the Social Democratic, NI21 and Labour parties also backed the motion, while the sole UKIP and Traditional Unionist Voice MLAs voted against. Two Alliance MLAs, Judith Cochrane and Trevor Lunn,voted against the motion despite their party supporting it.

This despite a poll last year showing 57% support marriage equality in the country.

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UK, Northern Ireland: Ruling Party Once Again Blocks Debate on Marriage Equality

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

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Northern Ireland is falling farther and farther behind the times as its ruling party, the Democratic Unionist Party, once again has blocked even the debate of the marriage equality bill.

Pink News reports:

The DUP has once again tabled a petition of concern, using Assembly rules to effectively ban cross-party discussion of the measure. It will frustrate Sinn Fein, the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP), the Alliance Party, NI21 and the Greens, who all support equal marriage. The DUP has continually resisted supporting LGBT equality across the board. First Minister Peter Robinson and Health Minister Edwin Poots have refused to lift Northern Ireland’s lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men giving blood.

Northern Ireland is now the only part of the United Kingdom that is not approved marriage equality. This seems blatantly unfair – does anyone know the process in the UK for bringing a lawsuit to force the issue?

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UK, Northern Ireland: Assembly Will Debate Marriage Equality

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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Northern Ireland is getting ready to at least discuss marriage equality.

Pink News reports:

The Northern Ireland Assembly will debate equal marriage on 29 April in a motion filed by several MLAs (Members of the Legislative Assembly)…. The motion states: “That this Assembly notes that other jurisdictions on these islands have moved forward with equal marriage rights for same-sex couples; believes that all couples, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, should have the same legal entitlement to marry”.

Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK that has not yet approved marriage equality, and even Ireland to the south has planned a referendum for next year. But the DUP has steadfastly blocked every attempt – will this time be any different?

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UK, Northern Ireland: Protests Held Over Lack of Marriage Equality

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

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LGBT activists in Northern Ireland are not happy that they can’t participate in the marriage equality festivities taking place across the channel.

Gay Star News reports:

Demonstrations are taking place this evening by LGBT campaigners in Northern Ireland who are highlighting how it’s the last remaining part of the UK where equal marriage is yet to be legalised. The Equal Marriage Northern Ireland Campaign is holding two demonstrations at Belfast City Hall and the Guidlhall Square in Foyle from 5-6pm…

“In the South of Ireland, a referendum is expected in the early part of 2015, and early opinion polls suggest a significant majority in favour. Twice before, an equal marriage motion has been debated in the Northern Ireland Assembly, losing by a small margin both times. We are demonstrating today, to remind our political leaders and representatives that we do not want to be left behind in the march toward full legislative equality for LGB&/T people and their families.” Northern Ireland is the only remaining UK nation where equal marriage has not been legalised.

Northern Ireland’s government is becoming more and more isolated as all the other governments around it move to pass marriage equality. How long can they hold out?

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UK: One Third of Church of England Bishops Gay?

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

England ChurchAn Anglican with the Church of England claims a huge percentage of the church’s Bishops are gay.

Queerty reports:

Same-sex marriage is set to kick into gear on March 29th in England and Wales, and it’s stirring conversation on both sides of the issue. Religious leaders are for the most part doing what they do best — staunchly opposing progress. But it looks like the Church of England may be even more hypocritical than usual when it comes to gays tying the knot. According to one Anglican clergyman’s account on The Daily Beast, at least 14 of the church’s 42 Bishops — one third — are gay, though none have publicly come out.

Wow. I’d love to see the same statistics for the Catholic hierarchy!

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UK: Britain to Recognize Overseas Weddings; Queen Signs Scotland Marriage Equality Bill

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

LondonA couple marriage equality stories out of Britain today.

First off, as of this morning, same sex couples legally married in other countries are now recognized as married in the UK.

On Top Magazine reports:

The British government will begin recognizing the marriages of gay couples who married overseas as of Thursday… “It’s like being turned into a pumpkin on the stroke of midnight,” Celia Kitzinger, who married her wife Sue Wilkinson in Canada in 2003, told BuzzFeed. “We’ll be sitting there in bed with a bottle of champagne and at the stroke of midnight we’ll turn into a married couple. We’re going away to a hotel, having a nice meal and then at midnight we’ll be wife and wife again!”

In related news, the Scotland law took a step closer to becoming reality.

Gay Star News reports:

Queen Elizabeth II has signed same-sex marriage into law in Scotland today (13 March). By the end of the year, Scottish gay couples will be able to unite in matrimony. It is the last step in the long battle to get the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill through parliament, making it an Act.

Northern Ireland, we’re waiting for you to get your act together.

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UK, Northern Ireland: Opposition to Same Sex Relationships Falls

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

titleNorthern Ireland, the only part of the UK that hasn’t approved marriage equality, is much less anti-gay than it once was.

Pink News reports:

The percentage of people opposed to gay relationships in Northern Ireland has dropped from three quarters to a quarter over a period of just 25 years. The NI Life and Times Survey looked at the views of 1,200 people on a range of issues, including whether they agreed with same-sex relationships… 74% of respondents who said they had no religion said they supported same-sex marriage, while 66% of Catholics said they were in favour, and only 45% of Protestants. The survey was carried out by ARK, which is run by Queen’s University Belfast, and the University of Ulster.

When will the LGBT people of Northern Ireland be able to marry?

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