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Ireland health minister comes out as gay, is country’s first out government figure

Sunday, January 18, 2015
The announcement by Leo Varadkar received widespread praise for its straightforward honesty. Analysts said his decision was likely to be viewed with hindsight as a landmark of social change in a country that, until 1993, outlawed homosexual acts. [...]

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New poll shows 76 percent support for same-sex marriage in Ireland

Thursday, January 15, 2015
A new poll shows 76 percent support for same-sex marriage in Ireland, ahead of this summer’s referendum. [...]

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Ireland Catholic priest comes out as gay during sermon, gets standing ovation

Saturday, January 10, 2015
Father Martin Dolan, a priest at the Church of St Nicholas of Myra for 15 years, took the unusual step of coming out in support of same-sex marriage, adding, "I’m gay myself." [...]

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Ireland plans May vote on legalizing same-sex marriage

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Dublin, Ireland
DUBLIN — Prime Minister Enda Kenny says Ireland’s voters will be asked to legalize same-sex marriage, a government-backed measure that reflects rapid social change in the predominantly Catholic nation. Kenny told lawmakers Tuesday that the government would subject its planned Marriage Equality Bill to a public referendum in May, though [...]

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Ireland’s ‘gay’ bull Benjy saved from slaughterhouse

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Benjy the bull walks in a field in Couny Mayo Ireland on Sunday Nov. 2, 2014.
DUBLIN -- He faced execution for failure to perform. But Benjy, the gay bull of Ireland, has been saved following a worldwide appeal backed by "The Simpsons" co-creator Sam Simon. Ireland's Animal Rights Action Network said Tuesday that Simon is paying for Benjy's transportation to an animal sanctuary in England. [...]

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Colin Farrell pleads for marriage equality in Ireland: ‘This is personal to me’

Sunday, November 16, 2014
Colin Farrell (right) with his brother Eamon
Actor Colin Farrell writes in this week’s Sunday World a personal appeal to the people of Ireland to vote in favor of marriage equality. In the heartfelt plea, Farrell recalls how his older brother Eamon was bullied as a child for being gay, and that it is “insane” that his [...]

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St. Patrick’s Day parades proceed amid tension over exclusion of gays

Monday, March 17, 2014
Michael Dwyer, APA group standing for diversity marches in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade in the South Boston neighborhood of Boston, Sunday, March 16, 2014.
NEW YORK -- A weekend of St. Patrick's Day revelry and tensions over the exclusion of gays in some of the celebrations was culminating Monday in New York, where Guinness beer and the city's new mayor planned to sit out the world's largest parade celebrating Irish heritage. [...]

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Speech by Ireland’s top drag performer fuels Irish gay rights debate

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Rory O'Neill as Miss Panti Bliss
DUBLIN -— Ireland's top drag performer, Miss Panti Bliss, has driven a stiletto heel through this nation's long-running debate on gay rights. Panti has riled up conservative Catholics and won global admirers in a social media tour de force that is dominating Irish water-cooler talk. [...]

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Ireland plans 2015 public referendum on same-sex marriage

Friday, November 8, 2013
DUBLIN -- The Irish government announced Thursday that it has set May 2015 as the date for a public referendum on same-sex marriage. [...]

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Forbes apologizes to Ireland’s president for calling him gay

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Michael D. Higgins
DUBLIN, Ireland -- Financial news publisher Forbes on Wednesday apologized to Ireland's president for inaccurately describing him as gay in an online article. [...]

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