19th August 2011
EHRC confirms backtrack on opt-outs for anti-gay workers 162
10:38 AM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission has confirmed that it will not seek 'reasonable adjustments' to be made for religious workers who refuse to serve gay people, to the dismay of Christian rights groups.
18th August 2011
Gay protests greet Pope’s visit to Spain 31
2:36 PM — Gay rights campaigners in Spain held a protest last night to mark the Pope's visit to the country. The Pontiff is in Spain for a four-day visit but critics complain that the country cannot afford the cost of the trip. Estimates suggest the total cost could reach 100 million euros.
Video: Christine O’Donnell walks out of ‘Piers Morgan’ over gay marriage question 64
10:54 AM — Tea Party favourite Christine O'Donnell walked off Piers Morgans' chat show after he asked her about gay marriage. She was on the show yesterday to discuss her new book Troublemaker, which mentions her anti-gay views.
17th August 2011
Bishop Gene Robinson: God celebrates gay people 74
4:46 PM — Laurence Watts travels to New England, USA, to talk faith, service and retirement with the openly gay Right Reverend Gene Robinson, Bishop of New Hampshire. "After my election but before my consecration I was getting calls to step down from archbishops around the world. People I’d never met were calling me. I took that to God and said: "If I’ve done enough and I’m to back off, let me know,! but I never got anything from God other than, 'Come forward and I will be with you'."
16th August 2011
Australian anti-gay marriage rally held as poll finds Christians support equality 109
11:08 AM — Gay marriage opponents held a rally in Canberra today to condemn marriage equality. The 'National Day for Marriage' rally, organised by the Australian Christian Lobby, heard from a number of speakers, including MPs, who claimed that gay marriage is "selfish", will "destroy marriage" and could give rights to paedophiles.
15th August 2011
Equality commission seeks views on gay vs religious rights cases 121
4:25 PM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission is holding a brief consultation on how it should advise in four religious rights cases due to come before the European Court of Human Rights.
12th August 2011
Starbucks CEO pulls out of talk at anti-gay mega-church 32
3:19 PM — The chief executive of Starbucks has cancelled a talk at an anti-gay mega-church. Howard Schultz, who is also the coffee chain's president and chairman, was due to speak at the 2011 Leadership Summit at Illinois-based Willow Creek Church, held this week.
9th August 2011
Gay Malaysian pastor urges gays to come out 12
2:55 PM — A gay pastor in Malaysia is urging gay people to come out in order to tackle homophobia. Reverend Ouyang Wen Feng, a controversial figure who runs a gay-friendly church, is thought to be the country's only openly gay pastor.
5th August 2011
National Secular Society will advise in religious vs gay rights cases 621
5:30 PM — The National Secular Society has been granted permission to intervene in four religious rights cases due to come before the European Court of Human Rights. The body will submit legal arguments in four cases where plaintiffs are appealing against UK court decisions - two of which involve Christian employees who refused to provide services to gay people.
4th August 2011
EHRC commissioner Angela Mason: ‘We won’t seek ‘reasonable adjustments’ for anti-gay workers’ 184
1:09 PM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission has apparently decided not to seek 'reasonable adjustments' to be made for homophobic workers who refuse to serve gay people. Former Stonewall chief executive Angela Mason, who is the body's only LGBT commissioner, said the EHRC had come to a "preliminary view" on the matter after previously announcing that religious people should be granted accommodations to allow them to manifest their beliefs.
2nd August 2011
Study to be carried out on gay Mormons 58
12:16 PM — US researchers are carrying out an online survey on the lives and experiences of LGBT Mormons. Renee Galliher, a psychology professor at Utah State University, and Bill Bradshaw, a biology professor at Brigham Young University, say they hope to find out the truth about the gay Mormon experience" and give faith leaders more information.
29th July 2011
Parliament inquiry to be held on religious rights 310
11:16 AM — A parliamentary committee is to examine whether changes should be made to discrimination laws after a raft of legal cases over Christian rights. Public hearings will be held in the autumn, with MPs and Lords invited to give their views on whether current laws are adequate.
28th July 2011
Anti-gay Christian rocker Bradlee Dean sues Rachel Maddow for ‘defamation’ 59
2:46 PM — The homophobic Christian rocker Bradlee Dean is suing lesbian MSNBC talkshow host Rachel Maddow for "defaming" him. According to a lawsuit, Dean, who runs a ministry called 'You Can Run But You Can't Hide', is accusing Maddow of making misleading statements about his views on gays and Muslims. He is seeking $50 million in damages.
Tory MP defends religious rights motion 153
11:05 AM — A Conservative MP who tabled a motion supporting the Equality and Human Rights Commission's push for 'compromise' for anti-gay workers says it is about freedom of religion. Gary Streeter, the MP for South West Devon, said religious people have been marginalised but denied that his early day motion backs discrimination.
Street preacher ‘told gay couple to burn in hell’ 142
10:32 AM — A gay couple in Taunton, Somerset, say that Christian street preacher told them to "burn in hell". Craig Manning and his civil partner, who does not want to be named, say they were walking through the town centre holding hands last month when the man began abusing them in public.
22nd July 2011
Labour MP: Compromises for anti-gay staff are ‘outrageous’ 77
3:48 PM — Labour MP John McDonnell has called on the Equality and Human Rights Commission to review its decision to advocate for "compromises" and "reasonable accommodations" for workers who refuse to serve gay people. He said the move was "outrageous and totally unacceptable".
Video: Gay ‘barbarians’ glitter Marcus Bachmann’s office 15
12:24 PM — Gay rights activists dressed as 'barbarians' glittered one of Marcus Bachmann's counselling clinics after footage emerged of an employee telling a gay man he could become straight.
21st July 2011
TUC attacks equality commission’s opt-out proposals for anti-gay staff 130
4:33 PM — The Trades Union Congress says it is "deeply concerned" at the Equality and Human Rights Commission's proposals to give homophobic workers the right to avoid serving gay people.
Government to consider removing ‘insult’ from Public Order Act 28
2:05 PM — The government says it will "assess the benefits" of removing the crime of causing 'insult' from the Public Order Act. The law has been used to prosecute street preachers who persist in delivering anti-gay sermons in public, although some campaigners say it should not be illegal to insult people.
Christian campaigners claim ‘massive support’ for compromises for anti-gay workers 157
1:14 PM — Christian rights campaigners say there is massive support for proposals to allow anti-gay workers to avoid serving gays and lesbians.