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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.

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

Monday, March 17, 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. [ Read more → ]
Rory O'Neill as Miss Panti Bliss

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

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
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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. [ Read more → ]
Michael D. Higgins

Forbes apologizes to Ireland’s president for calling him gay

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
DUBLIN, Ireland -- Financial news publisher Forbes on Wednesday apologized to Ireland's president for inaccurately describing him as gay in an online article. [ Read more → ]
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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. [ Read more → ]
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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. [ Read more → ]
Rev. Martin McVeigh

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

Monday, April 2, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]
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One third of U.S. Senate now sponsoring bill to repeal DOMA

Monday, December 26, 2011
A new law in Ireland means that New Yorkers now have more rights on the Emerald Isle than they do in their own country. A hospital in Tennessee violates federal guidelines in denying visitation to a lesbian couple. There's a new ad for marriage equality in New Hampshire that epitomizes Yankee thrift. And 20,000 Australian doctors agree: marriage equality is good for your head. [ Read more → ]
David Norris

Gay Irish senator gets nomination to run for Irish presidency

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
The independent Senator who represents Trinity District in Ireland's parliament, the Seanad Éireann, garnered the support of the Irish capital city's town council Tuesday evening to secure his nomination as a presidential candidate, entering a race already occupied by six other candidates. [ Read more → ]
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Secretly Gay-Affirming Pastors: You Are Not Alone

Saturday, September 10, 2011
Yesterday I received this email (which I use here by permission): Dear John, Hi. My name is [deleted]. I am nearly 48-years-old, and am married with two grown children. I am also a Methodist minister in Belfast, Northern Ireland. I have come to believe that... [ Read more → ]
David Norris

Ireland’s openly gay presidential candidate withdraws from race after scandal

Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Openly gay Senator David Norris announced that he was withdrawing from Ireland’s presidential campaign, after scandal erupted stemming from disclosure of letters he wrote to Israeli judicial authorities, seeking clemency for his former partner who had been convicted of raping a Palestinian teen in 1997. [ Read more → ]
Barry Dignam (left) and Hugh Walsh

Dublin couple among first to celebrate same-sex civil union in Ireland

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
A Dublin, Ireland, gay couple became the public face of civil unions in the Irish State on Wednesday when they were among the first gay couples legally joined under legislation that passed last year allowing same-sex civil partnerships. [ Read more → ]
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Ireland ‘LGBT Awareness Weeks’ to target anti-gay bullying (Video)

Friday, April 1, 2011
More powerful messages: BeLonG To Youth Services in Ireland has launched a new advocacy campaign targeting anti-gay bullying. [ Read more → ]
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