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Irish Farming Community Supports Equal Marriage, Poll Finds

A new poll published in yesterday’s Irish Examiner found that farmers would vote in favour of marriage for lesbian and gay couples, if a referendum were held today. 338 more words


Submission to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee Inquiry into the Recognition of Foreign Marriages Bill 2014

As I committed to in my previous post on the topic of the Recognition of Foreign Marriages Bill 2014 (see here: <http://alastairlawrie.net/2014/06/26/why-i-dont-support-the-recognition-of-foreign-marriages-bill-2014/ ), unless somebody was able to provide a satisfactory explanation as to why, as a strategy, the recognition of foreign marriages should be pursued separately to, and ahead of, equality for domestic marriages, I would lodge a submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Bill expressing my serious concerns about this proposed law. 2,247 more words

Let's Talk About Homosexuality, Pedophilia and Bestiality

A few weeks ago I was bumming around my apartment, playing on this blog while watching an old episode of Law & Order SVU. The show is always a bit disturbing, but the ideas of main criminal made me want to shoot the T.V. 794 more words

Gender Issues

New term, same old prejudice

The MLAs are back up on the hill but already the list of motions and proposed amendments makes for horrid reading for the LGBT community. 813 more words

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Stonewall and the Changing Landscape

Photo copyright Fox Fisher

A fair amount has been written already about Saturday’s meeting between Stonewall and 50 or so trans people. My goal in writing this is not to simply restate what’s already been said about the positivity and the options, and also the issues around diversity, but to start looking at how things are changing and may well change further. 1,578 more words

Trans Issues

March for Marriage Equality

Ahead of the equal marriage referendum promised for Spring 2015, the annual March for Marriage took place on Sunday 24th August.

Set to begin at 3 pm, the streets were already flooding with thousands of LGBT people and their supporters, family and friends, to march in what many hope will not be necessary by this time next year, if the recent polls are anything to go by, with over 75% saying that they support gay marriage. 129 more words


Unionists make one a day less equal in Northern Ireland

Yesterday the Government announced that there had been 1409 same-sex marriages in the first 3 months since the legislation came into force in England and Wales allowing them to happen. 196 more words

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