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May 22, 2015

Gay and lesbian marriage is not what you’ve been told

Need to persuade someone same-sex marriage is right? Here are all the popular arguments against marriage equality – busted.

1 Same-sex marriage is a modern invention.

Wrong.

There were same-sex unions in ancient Greece and Rome, some regions of China, such as Fujian, and among Two Spirit people and others in the Native American peoples.

In Europe, there is evidence both the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches blessed ‘brother-making ceremonies’ akin to same-sex marriage.

May 22, 2015

People travel from as far as Abu Dhabi and Bangkok to have their say in today's Marriage Equality Referendum

Hundreds of Irish people are returning home to make their voices heard in today’s referendum on marriage equality.

Irish voting laws allow expats to vote in the referendum, as long as they are in the country on the day of the vote.

In order to not let go of their say, hundreds of people have made their way to Ireland over the last 24 hours – and they are using twitter to express their support.

May 21, 2015

Experts are warning while the opinion polls look positive, the result will still be very close

Supporters of equality in Ireland are being urged to go and vote tomorrow as experts warn the referendum on same-sex marriage could still go either way.

Despite opinion polls largely showing strong support for the Yes vote, there are fears the 'silent opposition' will overpower the outcome.

In a recent poll by the Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI, it showed support for the Yes vote remains strong at 74% among a representative sample of 1,200 voters.

While clearly impressive, this is still six points down since the last poll in December.

May 21, 2015

Even Lithuania is same-sex kissing its way through Eurovision

It's time for the second semi-final of the Eurovision song contest in Vienna as 17 countries take to the stage to try to win a place in Saturday's grand final.

In rehearsals, Lithuania have been featuring not one but two same-sex kisses on stage! Will they do so again tonight?

Here are our seven to watch:

1 LITHUANIA

The second semi-final starts with Lithuania who are the only country to feature a same-sex couple in their promotional video.

May 21, 2015

'I don't know if I'm in favor of gay marriage,' Fry says. 'My husband is'

'I don't know if I'm in favor of gay marriage,' Stephen Fry says in a new pro-equality Ireland video. 'My husband is.'

Irish comedians Aisling Bea and Jason Byrne have got several of their funny friends to make a film urging people to vote yes in the marriage equality referendum tomorrow (22 May).

Comics like Jimmy Carr, Katherine Ryan and Trevor Noah appear in the video, filmed backstage at QI, for equality.

Stephen Fry even speaks gaelic during the video, something that they mention is oddly appropriate.

May 20, 2015

'I was so sorry to hear about your cancer but...'

'I was so sorry to hear about your cancer but maybe it is the will of God.'

That is what a lesbian journalist from Ireland was told in a letter days before the country holds a referendum on gay marriage.

Una Mullally, who writes for the Irish Times, shared the letter dated 14 May on Twitter.

'More hate mail from No voters today. My cancer is the will of God for campaigning for equality, apparently,' she wrote.

May 20, 2015

She has previously said she is against gay couples adopting children

ISIS have thrown gay people off buildings, beheaded and stoned them, but Loose Women's Coleen Nolan has implied supporting ISIS is akin to supporting LGBTI rights.

The former girl band singer was discussing the court case that saw a Northern Ireland Christian bakery being found guilty of discrimination for refusing to make a pro-gay marriage cake.

May 20, 2015

Voting 'yes' in the upcoming marriage referendum on May 22 will not affect access to surrogacy, says Irish head of government

Voting in favour of same-sex marriage will not affect access to surrogacy in Ireland, Taoiseach Enda Kenny confirmed today.

In the final press conference for Fine Gael, the largest of the two political parties governing the country, Kenny admitted surrogacy laws need further clarification, although this remains a 'complicated area' requiring further consultation.

He is, however, committed to banning commercial surrogacy, whether or not a new law is passed.

May 19, 2015

'A yes vote costs the rest of us nothing. A no vote costs our gay children everything'

Former Irish president Mary McAleese has given an incredible speech for gay marriage.

She has called on all families across Ireland to vote yes in the same-sex marriage referendum on Friday (22 May), saying the future for gay children is at stake.

Speaking of her hopes and fears for her gay son Justin, she said she hoped to live in a country that truly believes in equality.

She was speaking at an event in Dublin hosted by BeLonG To, a national organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people.

May 18, 2015

This 90-year-old is a practising Catholic - which is why she’s voting ‘yes’ in Ireland’s marriage referendum on 22 May

Irish great-grandmother Madeline Connolly is inspiring four generations of voters ahead of the country’s marriage referendum on May 22.

The incredible 90-year-old, who has 14 children, 25 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, is the star of a video created by YesEquality, an organisation campaigning in favour of same-sex marriage in Ireland.

‘God made us all and he made us all equal,’ she said.

May 11, 2015

US ranks worst in sports homophobia

Only 1% of people feel gays are 'completely accepted' on sports fields, according to the first international and largest survey of homophobia in sports.

Nearly 9,500 people were interviewed for the survey, released Sunday (10 May), which was initiated by the Sydney organizing committee of the Bingham Cup, the gay rugby world cup.

One in four gay male respondents said they had received verbal threats of harm or been bullied while playing sports, and about 80% of people said they had witnessed such discrimination.

May 10, 2015

At the same time the Bishop of Limerick warns of 'legal challenges' to school textbooks should the referendum return a Yes vote

Hundreds of marriage equality supporters held a rally on the streets of Dublin today to kick off the ‘final countdown’ to Ireland’s referendum on marriage equality.

 Campaigners from all sectors across society – including teachers’ union and student union representatives and politicians – came together in Merrion Square.

‘Every vote counts and we urge people to use their voice for a positive change in Irish society,’ Max Krzyzanowski of Noise, who organized the event, told RTÉ.

May 8, 2015

‘We don’t discriminate against anyone’s color, religion or beliefs, and we’re just the same as anyone wanting to live a happy life and love who we want to love.’

An Irish teenager has made a passionate plea for marriage equality in Ireland when she came face to face with the head of government.

Alison Kershaw’s emotional outburst - in front of Ireland’s prime minister Enda Kenny and surrounded by cameras and reporters - broke through the awkwardness’, according to Independent.ie.

May 5, 2015

'Let's play them a song on our equality flute!'

An Irish girl group have voiced their support for marriage equality by releasing a song asking people to vote in favor of marriage equality.

The Nualas, known for their comedy elements and sharp wit, released the video to their catchy new track Yes 2 Love.

Produced by Emmy-nominated Be-Active Media, the video shows the group celebrating love in all forms – while also having to brave a storm of protesters crashing the party.

April 28, 2015

Just when the world needs a big gay musical, director Gene David Kirk and his cast deliver

It was 2001 when the original version of Closer To Heaven hit the London stage. With music from Pet Shop Boys and story by Jonathan Harvey, it was a six month run that received mixed reviews.

I wasn't in London at the time, but I'd loved the album Nightlife – which had featured several of the songs – so when the revival at the Union Theatre was announced there was no way I was missing it.

April 20, 2015

Catholic spokesperson also thinks gay people should never be able to get married

Breda O'Brien is one of the most anti-gay voices left in Ireland, someone who is deeply opposed to same-sex marriage and giving other rights to LGBTI people.

But the teacher and columnist went even further today, saying gay people should abstain from sex 'like all unmarried couples'.

Her comments come as Ireland prepares to vote on same-sex marriage in a referendum on 22 May.

April 16, 2015

Mickey Rourke will star in the film now called Irish Thunder

A biopic about the life of Gareth Thomas, the top Welsh rugby player who came out as gay, has been in the pipeline for years.

And it appears it is finally happening, but with a few major changes.

First, the lead character played by Mickey Rourke will now be called Mick 'The Blade' Collins. Second, he'll be Irish and not Welsh. Because of this, the film is now called Irish Thunder.

It is unknown why Rourke, who is of Irish descent, chose to move the film's location but some have their theories.

April 16, 2015

At an event in Dublin’s Digital Exchange, Ireland’s Taoiseach joined 150 business leaders in calling for the public to vote in favor of same-sex marriage in the republic

Ireland’s Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, joined tech business leaders at a press conference in Dublin this morning to speak out in support of equal marriage.

Ireland will hold a referendum on same-sex marriage on 22 May.

Kenny has previously said that his government supports same-sex marriage, but this morning’s conference was designed to highlight the fact that the corporate world also believes it to be the right thing to do.

April 15, 2015

Voting yes for marriage equality? Bring your family with you, urges new video ahead of Irish same-sex marriage referendum

Leave your sandwiches half-eaten, run away from the pub and finish work early: it’s time to vote for same-sex marriage.

This is the message of latest video created ahead of Ireland’s marriage referendum on May 22nd, urging young people to drop everything to cast their 'yes' vote - and bring their families along with them as they do it.

Produced by BeLong To To Youth Services, the uplifting film features young Irish voters rounding up their fathers, mothers, aunts and grandparents, before marching proudly to the polling station.

April 9, 2015

All proceeds go to same-sex marriage advocates in Ireland

A company in Ireland is turning anti-gay marriage leaflets into beautiful confetti ahead of the country’s referendum on the issue in May.

Daintree Paper in Dublin has received orders for the heart-shaped confetti from as far as the US and Australia, all proceeds for which will go to advocacy group Yes Equality.

April 4, 2015

Following eight hours of debate, the Irish Seanad have approved plans for same-sex couples to adopt

Same-sex couples in Ireland will be able to adopt, following changes to the Children and Family Relationships Bill.

Approved late on Monday night with a majority of 20-2, the bill received a standing ovation as it cleared the Seanad after an eight hour debate.

Following lengthy discussions in the days leading to the debate, and 122 amendments, the 100-page bill includes 170 sections, dealing with topics around guardianship, donor-assisted reproduction, and child custody.

April 1, 2015

Paul Cons made his name as brand manager of Manchester’s legendary Hacienda club, but is now the CEO of '21st century cake shop' Konditor & Cook. He talked to Gay Star Business about his journey and the brand’s growth

Recent news stories focusing on bakers refusing to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples – in the US and Ireland – obscure the fact that there are many, many businesses out there only too happy to serve gay customers.

March 20, 2015

So adorable. Bonus points for the awesome Frozen dress

An adorable five-year-old has schooled the world on same-sex marriage, saying 'love is love!'

Ruby Gorry, from Ireland, twirls in her Frozen dress as she explains that she wants same-sex couples to get married.

It was released prior to the the gay marriage referendum in Ireland on 22 May.

'Two boys can get married, two girls can get married: love is love,' she says, thinking of a message to put on a placard.

'Love is love, and perfect makes perfect!'

March 17, 2015

To celebrate Saint Patrick's Day, the Trinity College Dublin student shares her love of her buzzing hometown

I've lived here since… I was born – I'm a true 'Dub'!