10th December 2013
US: Pastor sentenced for aiding lesbian in kidnap of daughter calls for case to be dismissed 6
6:51 PM — An American pastor who was sentenced for helping a woman flee to Central America to escape a custody battle with her lesbian partner has said the case should be dismissed as the crime did not take place in Vermont, where he was sentenced.
Quakers ‘delighted’ same-sex marriages in England and Wales can take place from end of March 7
5:25 PM — The Religious Society of Friends in Britain, generally known as the Quakers, say they are “delighted” by today’s announcement that the first same-sex weddings in England and Wales can take place from 29 March 2014.
9th December 2013
Congregation votes to leave Church of Scotland over allowing gay ministers 6
7:02 PM — More than 230 members of one of the Church of Scotland's biggest congregations on the Western Isles have supported leaving the Kirk over a proposal that would allow gay men and women to become ministers.
Times claims Church of England ‘on the brink of appointing its first openly gay bishop’ 26
11:13 AM — The Church of England is on the brink of appointing its first openly gay bishop, according to The Times.
8th December 2013
US preacher Rick Warren compares the ‘redefinition of marriage’ to George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four 43
11:58 AM — Controversial US pastor Rick Warren has told CNN presenter Piers Morgan that same-sex marriage laws are attempting to "redefine marriage" in a manner similar to the dystopian reversal of meanings in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.
US: Gay teacher fired from Catholic school after applying to marry his partner 21
10:07 AM — A gay teacher in New Jersey has said he was recently fired from a Catholic school he worked at for 12 years after applying to marry his partner - a move the school said "contradicts the terms of his teaching contract."
7th December 2013
US judge rules bakery owner acted illegally in refusing service to gay couple 13
3:45 PM — A judge in the US state of Colorado has ruled that a bakery owner who refused service to a gay couple because of their sexuality broke the law in doing so.
4th December 2013
Archbishop of Wales ‘delighted’ to be attending gay Christian carol service 3
3:25 PM — The South Wales Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement say they are thrilled that the Archbishop of Wales will be a guest of honour for their annual Christmas carol service.
Trans Christians express disappointment over Church report and reiterate calls for inclusion 8
12:06 PM — A Christian trans group has described the publication of last week’s Pilling Report as having “very little to say about transgender people” in the Church of England.
3rd December 2013
Scotland: Independent Celebrants put forward recommended equal marriage bill amendment 6
6:27 PM — Independent Celebrants in Scotland are recommending an amendment to the country's equal marriage bill to allow celebrants to perform legal marriage ceremonies as part of the legislation.
2nd December 2013
Gay ‘cure’ conference to be staged in London 25
7:17 PM — Two Christian groups which supports the ‘ex-gay movement’ are due to hold a conference in London next month advocating gay-to-straight conversion therapy.
UK: High Court judge who said equal marriage only benefits ‘0.1%’ to retire early 9
12:50 PM — A High Court judge who said the government should have sidelined equal marriage as it would only benefit "0.1%" of the population is stepping down.
30th November 2013
Methodist church begins consultation into equal marriage 11
12:48 PM — The Methodist church could soon allow equal marriage, and become the first Christian denomination to do so after launching a consultation on the issue.
29th November 2013
US: Archbishop of New York says Catholic Church has been ‘outmarketed’ on equal marriage 24
7:34 PM — The Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan has said that the Catholic church has been "outmarketed" on equal marriage.
Website launched to share stories of Christians with same-sex attractions 53
6:33 PM — A website was launched today in order to help Christians with same-sex attractions.
Malta: Catholic bishop claims gay couples do ‘not have a role in society’ 46
2:01 PM — Malta's Auxiliary Bishop has spoken out to express his displeasure at the lack of a clear difference between marriage and civil partnerships in the debate around civil partnerships for same-sex couples in Malta, saying that gay people do "not produce offspring" so do "not have a role in society".
28th November 2013
Watch a 13-year-old use his Bar Mitzvah speech to call for equal marriage for gay couples 53
3:45 PM — A 13-year-old Jewish boy has used his Bar Mitzvah speech to call for same-sex couples in his home state of Oregon to be granted the right to marry. Watch him take his community with him as he explains why the biblical definition of marriage is nothing like what those who oppose equality say it is and by the end you'll be cheering him on like his local Jewish community.
Poll finds that Church of England sexuality report is ‘out of touch with Anglicans’ 6
2:56 PM — As a report on human sexuality is published recommending that the Church of England should offer blessings to same-sex married couples and tackle homophobia, polls suggest that even the report is out of touch with Anglicans, a majority of whom now support same-sex marriage.
UK: Lecturer and therapist compares gays to Ku Klux Klan and rants at Elton John’s ‘gayism’ 57
1:12 PM — A senior lecturer at one of London’s biggest colleges has been suspended after comparing gay teachers to the Ku Klux Klan and admitting that he loathed Sir Elton John for his "over-burdensome gayism".
Church of England report on sexuality recognises tension on gays in church but urges for understanding 14
12:49 PM — Today the Church of England published a report on "human sexuality" which notes a tension between the church and contemporary culture, but which recommends that same-sex marriages and civil partnerships should be blessed, and that homophobia should be tackled across the church.