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Irish Government to Ban Religious-Run Schools and Hospitals From Discriminating Against Gays: VIDEO

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Ireland’s Equality Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin (below right) has confirmed that religious-run schools and hospitals will by Easter be prevented from firing staff for being gay, divorced or an unmarried parent, reports The Examiner.

6a00d8341c730253ef01b7c6dd61ae970b-800wiMoves to change the discriminatory law were announced by the Irish government last June.

According to Ó Ríordáin, as the law currently stands gay teachers can be fired under Section 37 of the Employment Equality Act.

The minister told The Examiner:

“They can be sacked, technically, if a board manager felt that someone was actively undermining the ethos of their school by their private life.

“It has a chilling effect when people feel they can’t be themselves. In the staff room they have to hide their private lives; they have to hide the fact that they’re gay, or that they are divorced, or in a second relationship, or that they’re an unmarried parent.”

He also accused former Justice Minister Alan Shatter of dragging his feet over the reform when he was in office.

However, opposition senator Averil Power, whose 2012 bill to ban discrimination under Section 37 was blocked by Government, said:

“I’ll believe it when I see it. The Bill that Labour brought out last year kept in discrimination - it just moved the onus on to employers to be able to justify that discrimination.”

VaradkarAiming to end another discriminatory practice, Health Minister Leo Varadkar, who last week came out as gay, has since referred recommendations to revise restrictions on gay men donating blood. Varadkar is the first openly gay cabinet member in Irish government history.

Listen to Varadkar coming out on live radio, AFTER THE JUMP...

Ireland will hold a referendum on same-sex marriage in May.

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Irish Students Union Launches 'Vote For Love' Marriage Equality Campaign: VIDEO

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With a referendum on same-sex marriage due in May, the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) yesterday launched a campaign for a “yes” vote.

The USI has had a unanimous mandate to campaign for marriage equality since 2012.

Reland gay marriage pollThe student group’s Vote For Love campaign notes that over 90% of students are in favor of marriage equality - compared with 79% of the Irish population as a whole.

It also points out that there are 169 points of difference between civil marriage and Ireland’s civil partnership legislation.

USI President, Laura Harmon, said:

“Students have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make Ireland more equal in the upcoming referendum on marriage equality.

"It is clear that students want to live in a more inclusive and egalitarian society. Access to marriage equality is a crucial part of this. USI has registered over 20,000 students to vote, and we plan to add to this number over the coming months. We know students are excited by the referendum and anxious to have their voices heard on the issue of marriage equality in Ireland.”

6a00d8341c730253ef01bb07d2bbfc970d-200wiHowever, the USI also warns that a vote for marriage equality is not “just going to happen” and recommends that students register to vote and campaign for a yes vote.

The Irish government - including Prime Minister Enda Kenny (right) supports the referendum but has recently voiced concerns over complacency amongst voters.

As expected, the Catholic Church in Ireland has thus far been particularly vocal in its opposition to equality.

Watch a USI Students For Marriage Equality video, AFTER THE JUMP...

Earlier this week, Colin Farrell spoke on prime time Irish TV about his passionate support for same-sex marriage. On Sunday, Ireland's health minister Leo Varadkar came out as gay.

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Macedonian Parliament Votes To Ban Same-Sex Marriage And Civil Unions

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The European Parliament Intergroup on LGBT Rights is reporting that the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) has voted to constitutionally ban same-sex marriage.

Politicians began the process in July of last year when they agreed to consider constitutional amendments put forward by the conservative government.

The country’s parliament voted by 72-4 yesterday to legally define marriage as between one man and one woman. The move will also make future legislation for civil unions extremely difficult.

An earlier version of the amendment explicitly banning same-sex civil unions and registered cohabitations was criticized by a Council of Europe advisory body.

However, Tanja Fajon MEP, Vice-President of the Intergroup on LGBTI Rights, said that “instead of taking the [criticism] seriously, and guaranteeing equal rights for all couples, the government, supported by parliament, decided to create a constitutional obstacle to even create possible legislation on this issue in the future."

Sophie in ‘t Veld MEP, Vice-President of the Intergroup, added:

“LGBTI people in Macedonia face severe stigma and are all too often faced with hate crime, to which authorities fail to react.

“The Macedonian government should realise diversity is the source of prosperity and social stability, not an obstacle for it. Inversely, homophobia has never created a single job or indeed solved any other problem. Macedonia would be better served by following the trend of an increasing number of countries in Europe and the Americas where same-sex couples are legally recognised and protected.”

The amendment still needs final confirmation through an additional parliamentary vote and presidential approval.


Colin Farrell: My Brother Suffered 'Absolute Shameful Cruelty' Because of Anti-gay Hate

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Colin Farrell is to appear on Irish state broadcaster RTE this evening to discuss the issue of same-sex marriage, reports The Journal.

Farrell’s brother Eamon (above left) married his partner Stephen Mannion in Canada.

In a pre-recorded section to be aired tonight on Claire Byrne Live, the actor - who has long been a supporter of gay rights and same-sex marriage - says:

“I remember [my brother] coming home with blood on his shirt, and he got plenty of beatings and he got just called names continuously…so he had a very, very, very tough time, a lot of cruelty, like real, absolute shameful cruelty that was placed upon him.

“To see [Eamon and Stephen] every day live their lives as a happily married couple is an amazing thing.

“To think that they had to leave their own country to do that is sad and disappointing and just grossly unfair I feel.

“It’s too easy for heterosexuals to be parents, if you want the truth. It’s too easy. There are too many of us who find it too easy to have a kid.

“Too many parents around the world don’t parent their kids, because it was a five minute thing…and there it is. We’re talking about Irish society being the best version in any referendum, divorce, same sex marriage, being the best version of ourselves that we can be.

“I carry Ireland with me everywhere I go, and I love my country deeply.

“This is my coming out of the closet as it were publicly and saying that I support this vote with every fibre of my being.”

The decision by Irish health minister Leo Varadkar to come out yesterday has been regarded by many as a boon to the “yes” campaign in a referendum this May on same-sex marriage. 


Northern Ireland Couple Challenges Ban On Same-Sex Marriage: VIDEO

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A gay couple is to present a legal challenge to the ban on same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland, reports Pink News.

Northern Ireland is now the only part of the United Kingdom that does not allow same-sex marriage.

The couple behind the legal challenge married in England but live in Northern Ireland. It is alleged that failure to recognise the marriage infringes on their rights.

The couple has been granted an anonymity order and is backed by gay rights activist group the Rainbow Project.

Rainbow Project director John O’Doherty said:

“While same-sex marriage legislation in Westminster had many positive aspects, we believe that its provision forbidding the recognition of lawful same-sex marriages in Northern Ireland is irrational, contrary to principles of British constitutional law and incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.

“We are resolute in our assertion that no-one can be married in one part of the United Kingdom and then not married in another.

“Once a couple is lawfully married in the UK, we contend that their relationship cannot be reclassified as a civil partnership without their consent which is exactly what the law currently does.

“The legislation says to lawfully married people that they are no longer married. This is unconscionable and cannot be permitted to continue."

The province’s governing Democratic Unionist Party remains strongly opposed to gay rights and has blocked a series of attempts to bring in gay marriage.

Watch a report on the Northern Ireland Assembly's latest rejection of same-sex marriage last April, AFTER THE JUMP...

The first same-sex marriages took place in Scotland at the end of last month.

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'Brave' Irish Priest Comes Out During Mass, Calls For Marriage Equality

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An Irish priest received a standing ovation from parishioners last weekend when he came out during mass and called for marriage equality, reports Irish Central.

Martin_2014Father Martin Dolan (right) is the only parish priest at the Church of St Nicholas of Myra (above) in Dublin city center.

Calling for a yes vote in a referendum on same-sex marriage this coming May, Dolan said “I’m gay myself” and was met by applause and a standing ovation from his “proud” parishioners.

A source within the church said:

“It was very brave. He said he was gay. That was it...no bones about it.”

With Dolan currently on a pre-planned vacation, the source added:

“[He] was just doing his service, it was part of his homily, and that’s it. If he feels strongly about something, Martin just says it.

“He’s happy with himself. There is no fear of him running away, he wouldn’t be one of them people.

“There’s a lot of gay priests but nobody will actually get up and say it.”

Congregation member and community youth worker Liz O’Connor said:

“I wouldn’t like to see him being moved for the statement he made. That would be horrendous. He should be supported. He has done nothing wrong. If he’s moved, there would be uproar in this parish. He’s still the same man today.

“Fr Martin has always been an advocate of people’s rights, and even spoke about the child abuse in the Church.

“There’s not many [priests] that would come out because they’re afraid of the bishops and that, but Martin is his own man. That’s what he believes in.”

The Dublin Archdiocese has declined to comment until officials have spoken with Dolan.

However, the Catholic Church in Ireland has made it clear that ita anti-gay, anti-equality policies remain unchanged. Last month, the church started off what is expected to be a highly charged campaign with a manifesto detailing why they hate gay people. Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran said that his opposition to same-sex marriage is “not about homosexuality or the gay lifestyle, it is about the meaning of marriage."

Although the government supports the referendum, which is expected to pass, there have been many warnings against complacency.

Last month, we reported that a new book by former seminarian Dr John Weafer revealed that there is a strong gay scene among priests in the Irish Catholic Church.


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