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  • 6th September 2011

    Next round for California’s gay marriage ban 21

    The court will hear the next round in the battle (Photo: Tim Schapker)

    11:34 AM — The next challenge for California's ban on gay marriage comes today when the state's highest court considers whether gay marriage opponents have the legal standing to defend it in court.

  • 5th September 2011

    Comment: Peter Tatchell on Saturday’s anti-English Defence League protest 357

    Peter Tatchell and Ashley McAlister at the demo

    5:49 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who joined Saturday's counter-demo against the English Defence League, argues that the Left must do more to oppose far-right Islamists.

  • Senior Church of Ireland minister announces civil partnership 4

    The minister announced his civil partnership (File photo)

    12:22 PM — A senior minister in the Church of Ireland has announced he is in a civil partnership. Rev Tom Gordon Dean of Leighlin Cathedral, Co Carlow, said he had the ceremony in July with his partner of more than 20 years.

  • 2nd September 2011

    Tory MP calls for churches to be banned from holding marriages if they refuse gay couples 81

    Mike Weatherley says churches should be made to hold civil partnerships (Photo: Rachael Bates)

    10:57 AM — Mike Weatherley, the Conservative MP for Hove, has called for churches to be banned from holding marriages if they refuse to perform civil partnerships for gay couples. He says that the idea will bring more equality for gay couples.

  • 31st August 2011

    Storm over Scottish lesbian church minister’s civil partnership 82

    The Church of Scotland has debated the issue of gay ministers

    10:22 AM — A minister at a Scottish church has announced she plans to have a civil partnership. Reverend Lynn Brady, of Newburgh Parish Church in Fife, told her congregation this week of her plans.

  • 22nd August 2011

    Zimbabwean bishop seizing church homes from ‘pro-gay’ Anglicans 12

    It is illegal for members of the same sex to hold hands in Zimbabwe

    12:54 PM — Kunonga, who supports Mugabe regime and denounces 'pro-gay' Anglican Church, has initiated seizure of priests' homes.

  • Anti-gay group may now intervene at ECHR as views sought on exemptions 86

    The ECHR will hear the appeals of four religious workers

    11:28 AM — In the latest turn at the European Court of Human Rights, the US' Alliance Defense Fund could intervene on behalf of religious workers who want to avoid serving gays while the European Commission opens its consultation.

  • 19th August 2011

    EHRC confirms backtrack on opt-outs for anti-gay workers 162

    Lillian Ladele, a registrar, said she could not conduct civil partnerships

    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

    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.

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