Former Alliance leader David Ford in conversation with Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald. Mr Ford is considering his role within his Presbyterian congregation after being dismissed as an elder. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Former Alliance leader David Ford is considering whether he can remain within his local Presbyterian congregation after he was ousted as an elder of S(...)

Cormac Gollogly and  Richard Dowling last September, in Kilshane House, Tipperary, when they were joined in civil partnership. Photograph: This Modern Love

When Richard Dowling and Cormac Gollogly tie the knot this morning it may seem somewhat familiar. They were already joined in a civil partnership on S(...)

A woman cycles past a marriage equality mural in the Liberties area of Dublin last May. In the Republic, 67% of respondents were  comfortable with a close member of their family marrying someone of the same sex.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

A clear majority of people on both sides of the Border accept the principle of same-sex marriage, according to a new survey. The survey for BBC Nort(...)

The Northern Assembly for the first time has voted by a narrow majority in favour of same-sex marriage. The DUP, however, used a blocking mechanism to(...)

Proposing the motion, Sinn Féin MLA Caitríona Ruane said her party advocated the right to social, economic, gender and cultural equality.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The Northern Assembly has again rejected by a majority vote a Sinn Féin motion calling for the legalisation of same-sex marriage. The DUP had table(...)

 The Catholic bishops of Northern Ireland, including Cardinal Seán Brady, have written to the North’s Assembly members urging them to reject a Sinn Féin motion calling for the legalisation of gay marriage. Photograph: David Sleator

The Catholic bishops of Northern Ireland, including Cardinal Seán Brady, have written an open(...)

Asked how they plan to vote in the referendum on same-sex marraige, 67 per cent of people said they would vote Yes. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Support for same-sex marriage has increased over the past 18 months as debate on the issu(...)

David Cameron: he emailed party members and acknowledged differences of opinion. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

British prime minister David Cameron sought yesterday to smooth relations with angry grassroot members of his Conservative Party, insisting he (...)