Marriage Equality Referendum
On 22 May the people of Ireland will have an opportunity to end discrimination in civil marriage laws against lesbian and gay couples.
The Conventional Convention votes overwhelmingly (79%) to ask the Government to amend the Constitution to provide for marriage equality.
Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act
The Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act introduces important legal protections and recognition for same-sex couples. However it fails to grant full equality to LGBTI people and ignores the existence of same-sex parented families.
Equal Status Act
The Equal Status Act outlaws discrimination on a range of grounds, including sexual orientation, outside the workplace, in particular in the provision of goods and services, selling renting or leasing property and certain aspects of education.
Employment Equality Act
Introduction of the Employment Equality Act which prohibits discrimination in employment on a range of grounds, including sexual orientation. Certain institutions are granted exemption from the act on the basis of religious ethos.
Decriminalisation of Homosexuality
Some five years after David Norris’ victory at the ECHR, Ireland finally decriminalises homosexuality.
Norris v. Ireland
After a legal battle lasting more than a decade, David Norris wins his case at the European Court of Human Rights and Ireland’s laws criminalising homosexuality are found to be in breach of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
First Dublin Pride Parade
A protest march condemning high levels of violence against LGBT people takes place in Dublin following the horrific murder of Declan Flynn, a young gay man. The first ever Dublin Pride march takes place in June 1983.