26th April 2010
Church of Scotland could ban ministers who have sex outside marriage 19
12:06 PM — The Church of Scotland could consider banning ministers who have sex outside of a marriage as a way to deal with the issue of gay ministers.
Pope will still visit Britain after leak of ‘appalling’ Foreign Office memo 53
10:33 AM — The Vatican has said that Pope Benedict XVI will still visit Britain this September despite the leak of a Foreign Office document which appeared to mock Catholic beliefs.
25th April 2010
Foreign Office apologises for proposing Pope be given ‘Benedict’ condoms, conduct gay marriage & open abortion ward 45
3:40 PM — The Foreign Office has apologised for a leaked document that suggested that Pope Benedict XVI be invited to bless a gay marriage, open up a hospital abortion ward and be presented with his own "Benedict" brand of condoms while on his controversial tour of the UK this September.
22nd April 2010
Church of Scotland holds secret ballot over gay ministers 5
3:21 PM — The Church of Scotland has held a secret ballot of ministers and elders on whether it should allow gays and lesbians to be ordained.
Catholic bishops urge followers not to vote for gay-friendly candidates 40
12:18 PM — Catholic bishops in Scotland are urging followers not to vote for candidates who support gay equality, abortion rights and assisted suicide.
20th April 2010
Anti-gay sign protected by law 34
6:15 PM — An American homeowner who painted his fence with an anti-gay phrase will be allowed to keep the message because it does not break the law. Chris Trumbull, who lives in Casper, Wyoming, painted the words "Leviticus 20:13, To be gay = death" on his fence.
19th April 2010
Alan Cumming ‘excommunicated’ by Church of Scotland 38
5:28 PM — Alan Cumming has said he was "excommunicated" by the Church of Scotland for criticising organised religion.
Man jailed for trying to blackmail gay priest 19
11:54 AM — A Birmingham man has been jailed for 18 months after he threatened to out a Roman Catholic priest. Towlys Pericleous, 28, had a relationship with the Birmingham-based victim but blackmailed him when he tried to end the affair.
15th April 2010
Former Archbishop of Canterbury calls for religious panel of judges for discrimination cases 56
5:33 PM — The former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has called for judges dealing with cases where religious beliefs and homosexuality clash to step aside.
Catholic Church in England and Wales criticises Vatican over homosexuality comments 33
1:56 PM — The Catholic Church in England and Wales has rebutted comments made by the Pope's second in command on child abuse and homosexuality.
Counsellor who wouldn’t work with gays to appeal 65
11:29 AM — A Christian counsellor who refused to work with gay couples is taking his case to the Court of Appeal. Gary McFarlane, from Bristol, was sacked by Relate last year after saying he would not "encourage sin" in gay and lesbian couples
12th April 2010
Pope’s number two claims sexual abuse scandals due to homosexuality not celibacy 76
11:55 PM — The Vatican's second most senior cleric has said that the sexual abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church are linked to homosexuality rather than celibacy among priests. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone is the Vatican's secretary of state, effectively the deputy to Pope Benedict XVI made the controversial statement during a press conference in Chile.
9th April 2010
God Hates Fags church too extreme for KKK 47
3:16 PM — The Ku Klux Klan has distanced itself from Westboro Baptist Church, saying it "absolutely repudiates" the homophobic church's activities.
8th April 2010
Vatican says cover-up accusations due to Pope’s opposition to gay rights 47
3:37 PM — Vatican officials have refuted claims that the Pope was involved in a cover-up of the child abuse scandal, saying that the allegations are part of a "hate campaign" against him.
6th April 2010
Labour will pledge to repeal ‘free speech’ defence 30
3:07 PM — Labour is expected to promise in its election manifesto to overturn a 'free speech' amendment in a law against inciting homophobic hatred. Home secretary Alan Johnson made the announcement last week..
31st March 2010
Dead soldier’s father must pay £11,000 to anti-gay church 37
11:13 AM — The father of a US soldier whose funeral was picketed by the controversial Westboro Baptist Church has been told he must pay their legal fees of $16,500 (£11,000).
30th March 2010
Groups call for Pope to be prosecuted 15
2:07 PM — A small protest took place last weekend to call for the Pope to be prosecuted over the paedophile priests scandal. An estimated 50 people, some of whom were from gay and humanist associations, met outside Westminster Cathedral on Palm Sunday.
Homophobic preacher ‘should not have been prosecuted’ 46
11:39 AM — The American street preacher who was fined £1,000 for breaching the peace in Glasgow should not have been fined, gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has argued.
25th March 2010
Gay minister Scott Rennie given city honour 3
3:14 PM — The Rev Scott Rennie has been given honoured with a ceremonial role in his home city of Aberdeen. He caused controversy last year when he was ordained as a minister at Queen's Cross Church, becoming Scotland's first out gay minister.
24th March 2010
Clergy assured they will not be sued for refusing gay civil partnerships 19
4:51 PM — Amendments have been added to the Equality Bill to reassure clergy that they will not be sued if they refuse to hold religious civil partnerships for gay couples.