Northern Ireland marriage equality law takes effect

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A law that extends marriage rights to same-sex couples in Northern Ireland took effect on Tuesday.

Northern Ireland’s Stormont Parliament has not met since the country’s coalition government collapsed in 2017. The British Parliament in July voted to force Northern Ireland to allow gays and lesbians to tie the knot and to decriminalize abortion.

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Northern Ireland activists renew push for LGBTI rights

By : Alex Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Lyra McKee, an investigative journalist and LGBTI rights advocate who was killed on April 18, 2019. Photo by International Journalism Festival via Wikimedia Commons.

The last few weeks have been busy for LGBTI activists in Northern Ireland.

Lawyers representing a man who sued a bakery after it refused to bake him a cake with a pro-same-sex marriage message on Thursday announced they will take the case to the European Court of Human Rights.

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UK and Irish leaders attend funeral of journalist Lyra McKee

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LONDON (AP) | Mourners wearing colorful Harry Potter scarves and Marvel superhero shirts were joined by the leaders of Britain and Ireland April 24 at the funeral of Lyra McKee, the journalist shot dead during rioting in Northern Ireland last week.

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and Ireland’s President, Michael D. Higgins, were among hundreds of people celebrating the life of a young woman whose death in paramilitary gunfire has shocked a region usually inured to violence.

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Northern Irish police arrest 2 over killing of journalist

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LONDON (AP) | Police in Northern Ireland April 20 arrested two teenagers in connection with the fatal shooting of a journalist during rioting in the city of Londonderry.

The men, aged 18 and 19, were detained under anti-terrorism legislation and taken to Belfast for questioning, the Police Service of Northern Ireland said.

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UK court rules bakery didn’t discriminate in ‘gay cake’ case

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LONDON (AP) | Britain’s Supreme Court on Oct. 10 reversed a lower court ruling and ruled that a bakery owned by a Christian family didn’t discriminate against a gay customer when it refused to make a cake bearing a slogan supporting same-sex marriage.

Ashers Baking Co. in Northern Ireland refused in 2014 to make a cake iced with the “Sesame Street” characters Bert and Ernie and the phrase “Support Gay Marriage.” The owners argued they shouldn’t be forced to put messages on their products at odds with their Christian beliefs. The court agreed.

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Bakery appeals to UK Supreme Court in gay-rights cake case

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LONDON (AP) _ A bakery owned by a Christian family asked Britain’s Supreme Court on Tuesday to overturn a ruling that it discriminated against a gay customer for refusing to make a cake supporting same-sex marriage.

Ashers Baking Co. in Northern Ireland refused in 2014 to make a cake iced with the “Sesame Street” characters Bert and Ernie and the slogan “Support Gay Marriage.”

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Northern Ireland bakery refuses to make Bert and Ernie gay marriage cake

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Ashers Baking Company, which refused to make a gay-themed cake featuring Sesame Street couple Bert and Ernie, might face legal action over its decision to not bake the cake.

The Northern Ireland bakery is run by very Chrisitan business owners, who published a statement on their website in defense of their decision. They said the slogan above the puppets was in support of gay marriage.

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