Northern Ireland, Europe

Northern Ireland is governed by the UK. Homosexual activities were legalized by section 80 of the UK Criminal Justice Act 1980 which came into force on 1 February 1981. This was also made the law of Northern Ireland, following the determination of a case by the European Court of Human Rights. On 1 May 2004 the Sexual Offences Act 2003 entered into force. It swept away all of the previous sex-specific legislation, including the 1967 Act, and introduced instead neutral offenses. Thus the previous conditions relating to privacy were removed, and sexual acts were viewed by the law without regard to the sex of the participants. Parliament then went on to legislate for civil partnerships for same-sex couples on 18 November 2004 with the passage of the Civil Partnership Act. Such partnerships were civil unions, granting to the parties the same rights as a marriage. The first civil partnership ceremonies after the statutory waiting period then took place in Northern Ireland on 19 December, with ceremonies following the next day in Scotland and the day after that in England and Wales. Laws against incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation is illegal in Northern Ireland.

 

 

Sinn Féin makes equal marriage a ‘key issue’ in Northern Ireland power-sharing talks

Sinn Féin had set out demands on same-sex marriage as part of attempts to reach a fresh power-sharing deal in Northern Ireland. Assembly elections were held earlier this month in Northern Ireland after the collapse of the previous government, with Democratic Unionist Party losing ground after a corruption scandal. The anti-gay marriage DUP, which is… Read more »

Gay Ireland and Northern Ireland News and Reports 2009

Dublin: ‘Lesbians Organizing Together’ drop-in centre where gay people can report homophobic crimes 5 Capel St (Mon-Thurs 10am-6pm, Fri 10am-4pm; tel 872 7770) 1 Homophobic Bullying a Major Problem in Irish Schools 2/09 2 Ireland to refuse adoption rights for gay couples 2/09 dailyqueernews.com http://www.dailyqueernews.com/news/4710/ February 2, 2009 1 Homophobic Bullying a Major Problem in… Read more »

Gay Ireland and Northern Ireland News and Reports 2007-08

Dublin: ‘Lesbians Organizing Together’ drop-in centre where gay people can report homophobic crimes 5 Capel St (Mon-Thurs 10am-6pm, Fri 10am-4pm; tel 872 7770) 1 Firms in North face new gay discrimination laws 1/07 2 Gay groups welcome Lords decision 1/07 3 Transgender summit a first for Ireland 2/07 4 Ireland delays gay partnership bill 2/07… Read more »

Gay Ireland and Northern Ireland News and Reports 2005-06

Dublin: ‘Lesbians Organizing Together’ drop-in centre where gay people can report homophobic crimes 5 Capel St (Mon-Thurs 10am-6pm, Fri 10am-4pm; tel 872 7770) 1 It’s the Rainbow’s end, fear gay campaigners 4/05 2 Launch of ‘Alternative Parents Ireland’ 5/05 3 Irish President slams homophobic bullying 6/05 4 Tensions rise over Belfast Pride 7/05 5 Northern… Read more »

Gay Ireland and Gay Northern Ireland News and Reports 2003-04

Dublin: ‘Lesbians Organizing Together’ drop-in centre where gay people can report homophobic crimes 5 Capel St (Mon-Thurs 10am-6pm, Fri 10am-4pm; tel 872 7770) 1 Northern Ireland: Gays are urged to report all attacks 1/03 2 New Code To Protect Gay Students 1/03 3 Leggy Leslie plans to reign on gay parade 3/03 4 Gays and… Read more »

Gay Ireland and Gay Northern Ireland News & Reports 2000-02

Dublin: ‘Lesbians Organizing Together’ drop-in centre where gay people can report homophobic crimes 5 Capel St (Mon-Thurs 10am-6pm, Fri 10am-4pm; tel 872 7770) (Lengthy Interview with Irish Gay Activist Brendan Fay 1995) 1 Venue crisis for Pride events in Waterford 8/00 2 Positive reaction to Irish Gay Documentary 8/00 3 New Irish Law Bans Discrimination… Read more »

Gay Northern Ireland News & Reports

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