Ashers, the Belfast bakery which had been found guilty of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation last Tuesday, have now said they will appeal the judgment. They are being funded by the Christian Institute.
Gay man Gareth Lee had asked that a cake be baked with a picture of Bert & Ernie on it, two Sesame Street characters who have come to symbolise a gay couple, together with a written a pro-LGBT slogan.
However, Ashers refused to bake the cake on the grounds of the owners’ religious views. Continue Reading »
The Rainbow Project, Northern Ireland’s largest support organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender people and their families welcomed the ‘Yes’ vote in the Republic’s marriage equality referendum.
Speaking on the result, John O’Doherty, Director of The Rainbow Project said:
‘We are all simply elated at this stunning, landslide victory for our sisters and brothers in the Republic. They have brought Ireland on a journey of acceptance and they have done so with grace, compassion and good humour. Continue Reading »
Panti points out that the movement for equality was truly a grass-roots one.
Australian Marriage Equality has welcomed the announcement of the Leader of Opposition, Bill Shorten, that he will introduce a marriage equality bill to federal parliament.
Ivan Hinton-Teoh, Deputy National Director of Australian Marriage Equality, said,
“We thank Bill Shorten for being the first leader of a major political party to introduce a marriage equality bill.”
“We hope this bill provides the circuit breaker needed for the Coalition party room to deal with the issue and decide on a free vote.” Continue Reading »
The Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald TD, yesterday (25th May) announced her intention to have the Marriage Bill 2015 enacted by the end of July.
The Minister stated:
“The Irish people have chosen decisively to extend the right to marry to same-sex couples. I am particularly proud that the right to marriage equality will now be enshrined in our Constitution as a result of a popular vote. I would like to compliment all of those who voted and who campaigned on both sides for what was a passionate and yet civilised referendum campaign.”
The Minister continued: Continue Reading »
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke about Ireland’s Marriage Equality Referendum yesterday (Sunday 24th) as he received the Tipperary International Peace Award, at the Ballykisteen Hotel & Golf Resort.
Opening his speech, where he also used the ‘cúpla focal':
“Your Excellency Mr. Charles Flanagan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade,
Mr. Martin Quinn, Honorary Secretary of the Tipperary Peace Convention,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dia dhaoibh [Hello]
Tá an-áthas orm a bheith anseo anocht [I am delighted to be here tonight] Continue Reading »