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'''''Save Ulster from Sodomy''''' was a political campaign launched in 1977 by the Rev. Ian Paisley, Member of Parliament, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and head of the Free Presbyterian Church, to prevent the decriminalization of [[homosexuality|homosexual]] acts in Northern Ireland.<ref>{{cite news |url=http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/archive/1977/1020/Pg007.html#Ar00702:2070E82811412471B426D1D119A13A21D19418C1921BC1AF2B51B42DD1D11E12E12012F627056B29258024413D3191962EA1B532C1D129F0EA3491442771B42AC1D11893A61B33BB |title=Paisley campaigns to 'save Ulster from Sodomy' |author= |work=The Irish Times |page=7 |date=October 20, 1977 |accessdate=2008-05-07}}</ref> The campaign was ultimately unsuccessful.
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'''''Save Ulster from Sodomy''''' was a [[politics|political]] campaign launched in 1977 by the Rev. [[Ian Paisley]], [[Member of Parliament|MP]], leader of the [[Democratic Unionist Party]] (DUP) and head of the [[Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster|Free Presbyterian Church]], to prevent the decriminalisation of [[homosexuality|homosexual]] acts in [[Northern Ireland]].<ref>{{cite news |url=http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/archive/1977/1020/Pg007.html#Ar00702:2070E82811412471B426D1D119A13A21D19418C1921BC1AF2B51B42DD1D11E12E12012F627056B29258024413D3191962EA1B532C1D129F0EA3491442771B42AC1D11893A61B33BB |title=Paisley campaigns to 'save Ulster from Sodomy' |author= |work=The Irish Times |page=7 |date=[[20 October]] [[1977]] |accessdate=2008-05-07}}</ref> The campaign was ultimately unsuccessful.
 
   
==Origins==
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== Origins ==
   
Homosexual acts were first decriminalised in the [[United Kingdom]] in 1967 in the legal constituency of [[England and Wales]], under the [[Sexual Offences Act 1967]]. This change in law did not apply to Northern Ireland or [[Scotland]]. In 1975 the Northern Ireland Gay Rights Association was established to campaign to have the act extended to Northern Ireland. In response to the government's proposal to consider law reform Paisley launched ''Save Ulster from Sodomy'', a campaign given a further boost when the law was extended to Scotland in 1980. The campaign was based on his belief that the [[Bible]] condemns homosexuality as a [[sin]], which should therefore not be legally acceptable in a state founded on Christian principles.
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Homosexual acts were first decriminalized in the United Kingdom in 1967 in the legal constituency of England and Wales, under the Sexual Offenses Act 1967. This change in law did not apply to Northern Ireland or Scotland. In 1975 the Northern Ireland Gay Rights Association was established to campaign to have the act extended to Northern Ireland. In response to the government's proposal to consider law reform Paisley launched ''Save Ulster from Sodomy'', a campaign given a further boost when the law was extended to Scotland in 1980. The campaign was based on his belief that the Bible condemns homosexuality as a sin, which should therefore not be legally acceptable in a state founded on Christian principles.
   
The campaign itself was particularly linked to the [[Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster|Free Presbyterian]] wing of the DUP, and combined religious and political rhetoric. It focused on Paisley's belief in his role to save the "Ulster people" from those influences which he believed undermined their Christian beliefs and values, namely [[liberalism]], [[secularism]] and [[Roman Catholicism]].
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The campaign itself was particularly linked to the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster wing of the DUP, and combined religious and political rhetoric. It focused on Paisley's belief in his role to save the "Ulster people" from those influences which he believed undermined their Christian beliefs and values, namely liberalism, secularism and Roman Catholicism.
   
In 1981 the [[European Court of Human Rights]] in the case of Jeffrey Dudgeon v. the United Kingdom, issued a binding ruling that the British Government was in breach of Article 8 (the right to a private life) of the [[European Convention of Human Rights]] by refusing to decriminalise homosexual acts between consenting adults in Northern Ireland. Consequently, despite Paisley's campaign, homosexual acts in Northern Ireland were decriminalised in 1982.
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In 1981 the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Jeffrey Dudgeon v. the United Kingdom, issued a binding ruling that the British Government was in breach of Article 8 (the right to a private life) of the European Convention of Human Rights by refusing to decriminalize homosexual acts between consenting adults in Northern Ireland. Consequently, despite Paisley's campaign, homosexual acts in Northern Ireland were decriminalized in 1982.
   
The DUP remains opposed to homosexuality, and in September 2004 the British government agreed to postpone a vote in the [[British House of Commons|House of Commons]] on the [[Civil Partnership Act 2004|Civil Partnerships Bill]] to avoid a clash with talks aimed aimed restoring devolved rule in Northern Ireland. All six DUP [[Members of Parliament]] planned to vote against the bill.<ref>{{cite news |url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2004/sep/19/uk.northernireland |title=Blair delays gay marriage bill to give Paisley party chance to vote |author=Henry McDonald |work=The Observer |date=[[19 September]] [[2004]] |accessdate=2008-05-07}}</ref>
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The DUP remains opposed to homosexuality, and in September 2004 the British government agreed to postpone a vote in the House of Commons on the Civil Partnerships Bill to avoid a clash with talks aimed aimed restoring devolved rule in Northern Ireland. All six DUP Members of Parliament planned to vote against the bill.<ref>{{cite news |url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2004/sep/19/uk.northernireland |title=Blair delays gay marriage bill to give Paisley party chance to vote |author=Henry McDonald |work=The Observer |date=September 19, 2004 |accessdate=2008-05-07}}</ref>
   
 
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Revision as of 18:12, 23 January 2013

Save Ulster from Sodomy was a political campaign launched in 1977 by the Rev. Ian Paisley, Member of Parliament, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and head of the Free Presbyterian Church, to prevent the decriminalization of homosexual acts in Northern Ireland.[1] The campaign was ultimately unsuccessful.

Origins

Homosexual acts were first decriminalized in the United Kingdom in 1967 in the legal constituency of England and Wales, under the Sexual Offenses Act 1967. This change in law did not apply to Northern Ireland or Scotland. In 1975 the Northern Ireland Gay Rights Association was established to campaign to have the act extended to Northern Ireland. In response to the government's proposal to consider law reform Paisley launched Save Ulster from Sodomy, a campaign given a further boost when the law was extended to Scotland in 1980. The campaign was based on his belief that the Bible condemns homosexuality as a sin, which should therefore not be legally acceptable in a state founded on Christian principles.

The campaign itself was particularly linked to the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster wing of the DUP, and combined religious and political rhetoric. It focused on Paisley's belief in his role to save the "Ulster people" from those influences which he believed undermined their Christian beliefs and values, namely liberalism, secularism and Roman Catholicism.

In 1981 the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Jeffrey Dudgeon v. the United Kingdom, issued a binding ruling that the British Government was in breach of Article 8 (the right to a private life) of the European Convention of Human Rights by refusing to decriminalize homosexual acts between consenting adults in Northern Ireland. Consequently, despite Paisley's campaign, homosexual acts in Northern Ireland were decriminalized in 1982.

The DUP remains opposed to homosexuality, and in September 2004 the British government agreed to postpone a vote in the House of Commons on the Civil Partnerships Bill to avoid a clash with talks aimed aimed restoring devolved rule in Northern Ireland. All six DUP Members of Parliament planned to vote against the bill.[2]

References

  1. "Paisley campaigns to 'save Ulster from Sodomy'", The Irish Times, October 20, 1977, p. 7. Retrieved on 2008-05-07. 
  2. Henry McDonald. "Blair delays gay marriage bill to give Paisley party chance to vote", The Observer, September 19, 2004. Retrieved on 2008-05-07. 


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