The law will pardon gay and bisexual men convicted for consensual homosexual acts in the past. He won. See here for the full story.
There is no God-given right for the constituency to be one thing or the other, it's up to the people to decide. For 10 years they have decided on a split unionist vote to put a nationalist into Westminster. This time round we have a chance to get a single unionist candidate so I offered myself to the Ulster Unionist Party that I would be the best candidate for a number of reasons and that it is vital to get unionist co-operation and get a single candidate.
March 19, This was a very significant event which paved the way to the UK Parliament partially decriminalising sexual acts between men in Northern Ireland in The application.
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In his tweed hat, grey overcoat and horn-rimmed glasses, Jeffrey Dudgeon looks the picture of respectability. What was life like, as a young gay man, before the Strasbourg win? Dudgeon sums it up in one word: isolation.
Jeff Dudgeon, who shot to prominence in when he brought a successful legal challenge to the British Government that forced them to decriminalise homosexuality in Northern Ireland, has been made a MBE for services to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community here. It shows how far we have moved on as a society that it has happened and there has been no real kick-up bar from the usual quarters. But I have always thought Northern Ireland was a lot more liberal that its political arrangements suggested.
One of the UK's most famous gay rights campaigners has defended his continued membership of the Ulster Unionists even though the party helped veto gay marriage equality in Northern Ireland. Jeff Dudgeon became a gay political icon after winning a case in the European court of human rights that de-criminalised homosexuality in Northern Ireland in Dudgeon's battle in Strasbourg brought the law in the province into line with the rest of the UK in the face of fierce opposition from local evangelical Christians. This was led by the Rev Ian Paisley, who had vowed to "save Ulster from sodomy".
Ruth Davidson and others have taken fright at the idea of the Conservatives doing a deal with the DUP — because of its record on gay rights and social issues generally. A word about myself. As such, I am the best known gay rights campaigner in the Province of the past 40 years — also winning the reduction in the age of consent in and and the right to civil partnerships in
Applicant, a gay man, brought a complaint before the Commission alleging that laws criminalizing male homosexual conduct in Northern Ireland constituted unjustified interference with his right to respect for his private life Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights as well as unjustifiable discrimination on sexual grounds and residency grounds Article Due to the unique constitutional position of Northern Ireland within the United Kingdom, several matters related to criminal law had been devolved to the Northern Ireland Parliament, creating discrepancies in law and enforcement among different countries in the United Kingdom. With regard to male homosexual conduct, Northern Ireland had retained 19th-century laws criminalizing all forms of male homosexual conduct, punishable with prison time from two years to a life sentence depending on the offense Female homosexual conduct was not criminalized.