6th February 2009
Obama criticised for creating office for “faith-based” partnerships 7
4:39 PM — American civil rights groups have expressed concern at the formation of a new White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighbourhood Partnerships.
Gay humanists celebrate 200th anniversary of birth of Charles Darwin 1
4:04 PM — A joint celebration will be held in London next week. The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) will be marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin.
‘So Macho’ preacher hits back with bus adverts claiming God exists 35
3:17 PM — A fundamentalist preacher who unsuccessfully stood for public office has paid for adverts to be placed on London buses proclaiming the existence of God.
Gay marriage battle in California was most expensive in US history
2:14 PM — The campaigns opposing and supporting gay marriage in California raised more than $82m (£56.3m) between them, making it the most costly social issue campaign in American history.
Gay bishop gives evidence in favour of same-sex marriage
1:51 PM — The only openly gay bishop in the Anglican communion has spoken in favour of same-sex marriage. Gene Robinson, the Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire, was giving evidence before the state's legislature.
5th February 2009
Video: Learn your gay ABCs with new tongue-in-cheek animation 7
2:45 PM — A is for Ass, B is for Brokeback Mountain, C is for Closet. A new cartoon that lampoons both gay life and homophobic Christians has been viewed by nearly 70,000 people on website YouTube.
Vatican diplomat stresses the principles of “natural law” ahead of Spain visit 19
2:07 PM — The Roman Catholic Church's most senior diplomat has set the tone for his visit to Spain today with some oblique criticisms of the country's government.
4th February 2009
Mormon accused of polygamy to use gay marriage as defence 11
3:45 PM — A man in Canada charged with polygamy is to argue that the legalisation of gay marriage should lead the way for multiple wives.
3rd February 2009
Obama moves to fill last Cabinet posts as gays appointed to lower ranks 1
6:10 PM — The appointments of more openly gay people to posts in the Obama administration have been announced. LGBT rights activists were disappointed that no out people were appointed to the new President's Cabinet.
2nd February 2009
Pope promotes priest who claimed hurricane was God’s punishment for tolerating gays 34
2:17 PM — A priest who thinks Hurricane Katrina was "divine retribution" on New Orleans for being tolerant towards gay and lesbian people has been made a bishop.
Catholic church backs legal challenge in gay adoption case 21
1:40 PM — The Roman Catholic Church in Scotland is backing a legal challenge on behalf of two grandparents whose grandchildren are to be adopted by a gay couple.
Ethiopian faith leaders call for constitutional ban on homosexuality 9
11:59 AM — The leaders of the Roman Catholic, Ethiopian Orthodox and Protestant churches have called on the government of Ethiopia for a constitutional ban on homosexuality.
30th January 2009
Video: US “family values” group targets Pepsi’s British gay advert 20
5:33 PM — A US pressure group that "motivates and equips citizens to change the culture to reflect Biblical truth and traditional family values" has complained about a new advert from drinks manufacturer Pepsi.
Court rules Spanish children cannot opt out of gay rights class 5
3:26 PM — Parents in Spain who do not want their children to attend civics classes that include lessons on gay rights do not have the right to conscientiously object, a court has ruled.
29th January 2009
Haggard’s wife reveals she knew he was attracted to men 10
11:47 AM — The wife of a disgraced evangelical preacher has said she thought his homosexual feelings would ruin him. Gayle Haggard appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show yesterday.
28th January 2009
People who reject Church teaching on homosexuality should leave says bishop 31
3:40 PM — A Roman Catholic leader in Malta has said that church members who do not accept "Christ's teachings" should leave altogether.
Scottish Catholics claim gay relationships cause premature death 57
12:08 PM — The Roman Catholic church in Scotland has launched another attack on gay and lesbian people, claiming their relationships reduce life expectancy and are inherently unstable.
US Christian school wins right to expel lesbian pupils 13
11:43 AM — A Christian high school in California can expel or exclude students based on their sexual orientation, an appeals court has ruled.
26th January 2009
Tories defend religious opt-out from homophobic incitement law 29
6:11 PM — The Shadow Justice Secretary, Dominic Grieve has expressed support for an amendment that could weaken laws protecting lesbian, gay and bisexual people.
Disgraced preacher Ted Haggard in new gay sex revelations 9
1:12 PM — A leading US evangelical pastor who was forced to resign in 2006 after revelations of a three-year gay relationship with a prostitute has been accused of having a sexual relationship with a young church member.