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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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Ireland will hold referendum aimed at legalizing same-sex marriage

Sunday, April 14, 2013
DUBLIN -- Ireland will hold a referendum aimed at legalizing same-sex marriage after a the Irish Constitutional Convention on Sunday voted overwhelmingly in favor of extending marriage rights to gay and lesbian couples. [...]

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Poll: Support for marriage equality in Ireland increases to 75 percent

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
DUBLIN, Ireland -- As the Constitutional Convention met in Dublin to discuss reforms to the Irish Republic's constitution this past weekend, a 2012 year end poll showed increased support for the issue of same-sex marriage, one of the legal reforms being discussed by delegates. [...]

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Irish Catholic Church investigating how gay porn showed up in priest’s presentation

Monday, April 2, 2012
Rev. Martin McVeigh
DUBLIN — The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland said Monday it is investigating how a priest accidentally displayed a series of pornographic gay images during a presentation to parents of children preparing to receive First Holy Communion. [...]

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