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  • 18th August 2011

    Gay protests greet Pope’s visit to Spain 31

    The Pope is visiting Spain

    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

    Christine O'Donnell said questions about gay rights were 'irrelevant'

    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

    Gene Robinson is to retire in two years (Photo: BProud Photography, Philadelphia)

    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

    A rally held today heard that gay marriage is "selfish"

    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

    The EHRC is holding a consultation

    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

    The Starbucks CEO pulled out of a talk held by the church

    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

    The Malaysian pastor has asked gay people to come out

    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

    The NSS will offer legal arguments in the cases

    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

    Former Stonewall chief executive Angela Mason is an EHRC commissioner

    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

    The church frowns on homosexuality

    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

    MPs will consider whether discrimination laws need changing

    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

    Lesbian MSNBC host Rachel Maddow is being sued by Bradlee Dean

    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

    At least three MPs have withdraw their signatures from the motion

    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

    The gay couple say a Christian preacher told them to 'burn in hell'

    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

    The EHRC has called for accommodations to be made for workers who don't want to serve gay people

    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

    Protesters outside a Bachman & Associates clinic

    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

    The EHRC says 'compromises' should be found for religious workers

    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

    Some MPs, campaigners and groups say the Public Order Act hinders free speech

    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

    Christian registrar Lillian Ladele refused to perform civil partnerships

    1:14 PM — Christian rights campaigners say there is massive support for proposals to allow anti-gay workers to avoid serving gays and lesbians.

  • 20th July 2011

    Updated: 14 MPs back ‘compromise’ plans for anti-gay Christians 126

    14 MPs are publicly backing the EHRC's 'compromise' proposal

    1:26 PM — Fourteen MPs - from all main parties - are backing the Equality and Human Rights Commission's plan to intervene in high-profile court cases where gay rights and Christian beliefs clash. The EHRC announced last week that it believes more should be done to find "compromises" and "reasonable accommodations" for religious workers who do not wish to serve gay people.

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