12th July 2011
Stonewall ‘deeply disturbed’ at equality commission U-turn on religious rights 68
1:50 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has condemned a move by the Equality and Human Rights Commission to intervene in two legal cases where Christians workers refused to serve gay people. Chief executive Ben Summerskill said the body must state clearly that it does not agree that religious beliefs should allow people to discriminate against gays and lesbians.
Equality commission wants more ‘compromise’ on gay rights vs religious beliefs 217
10:24 AM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission has done a U-turn on religious beliefs, saying that judges have interpreted equality law too harshly against Christians. The commission, which has been accused of bias against faith, hopes to intervene in a number of cases in which Christian workers were sacked or disciplined for refusing to provide services to gay people.
7th July 2011
MP complains over anti-gay preacher’s UK visit 60
3:18 PM — An MP has asked Home Secretary Theresa May why an anti-gay US preacher is being allowed into the UK. Labour MP Richard Burden said people would question why Pastor John Hagee is allowed into the country while other hate preachers, such as Muslim speaker Sheikh Raed Salah, are banned.
4th July 2011
Pakistan Muslim groups condemn US embassy gay meeting 126
3:32 PM — Muslim groups in Pakistan have condemned a gay rights event at the US embassy as "social and cultural terrorism". The June 26th meeting, hosted by US deputy ambassador, Richard Hoagland, was held to support LGBT people in the country
1st July 2011
Woman, 74, charged with assault for kissing anti-gay preacher 45
2:20 PM — A 74-year-old gay rights supporter has been charged with assault for kissing an anti-gay preacher during a pride event in North Carolina. Joan Parker, who attended last Saturday's event with her husband, says she kissed the preacher on the cheek while he screamed that gay people would go to hell.
28th June 2011
East London Mosque accused of breaking promise on anti-gay speakers 120
11:03 AM — Just a few weeks after saying it would no longer host homophobic speakers, the East London Mosque has been accused of breaking its promise. It is to host a conference tomorrow with an organisation called Sex and Relationship Education Islamic but critics claimed that the group includes members of a homophobic extremist group.
27th June 2011
Poll says Muslims are ‘proud’ of Britain’s gay rights 123
3:08 PM — A poll of British Muslims suggests that almost half say they are proud of the country's stance on gay rights. According to the research by think-tank Demos, 47 per cent of Muslims agreed with the statement: "I am proud of how Britain treats gay people."
19th June 2011
Church of England to publish guidance on appointment of celibate gay bishops 162
2:21 PM — The Church of England is due to publish advice tomorrow that gay clergy who are in civil partnerships will be entitled to become bishops, so long as they promise to remain celibate.
15th June 2011
Two more Scottish congregations want to leave over gay ministers 23
5:20 PM — Two more Church of Scotland congregations are considering a split over the issue of gay ordinations. Stornoway High Church and Hilton High Church may leave the main church after the General Assembly backed a move towards gay ministers, the Herald reports.
14th June 2011
Protest held at Northern Ireland ‘gay cure’ conference 49
5:58 PM — Around 50 gay activists held a protest today outside a small 'gay cure' conference held in Northern Ireland. The event, held by the Core Issues Group, featured David Pickup, an American speaker who says gay people can be turned straight.
Gay campaigners welcome mosque’s pledge 121
4:34 PM — Gay rights campaigners have welcomed what they say is the first significant promise from the East London Mosque to stop hosting homophobic speakers. Earlier this week, a letter signed by 12 activists, including writers Julie Bindel and Paul Burston, said it was clear that there was a religious campaign in east London to intimidate gay people.
13th June 2011
Peter Tatchell: Gay rights groups need to stand up to Islamist homophobia 127
1:47 PM — Why did a few anti-gay stickers in East London provoke an outcry by gay groups, while far worse homophobia passed without protest?
10th June 2011
Gay rights campaigners call for mosques to ban anti-gay speakers 127
9:56 AM — A group of gay rights campaigners has demanded that mosques in east London must ban homophobic speakers. The call follows a £100 fine for a man convicted of pasting anti-gay stickers around the area.
9th June 2011
Scottish church may break away over gay ministers 50
11:47 AM — A church in Aberdeen is expected to break away from the Church of Scotland over the issue of gay ministers. Gilcomston South Church, which has a congregation of around 400, will formally vote on the issue at a later date.
8th June 2011
Tensions rise again over the Kirk’s position on gay ministers 19
4:14 PM — Tensions are brewing once again at the Presbyterian General Assembly over the Church of Scotland's stance on accepting gay ministers.
Protestant pastor vows to fight against gay sauna in Londonderry 82
11:36 AM — A Protestant fundamentalist pastor has said that he will take his protest against a gay sauna onto the streets of Londonderry, Northern Ireland, after it was given full planning permission this week.
Republican congresswoman Vicky Hartzler compares gay marriage to incest and paedophilia 194
10:57 AM — A secret recording has emerged on YouTube in which Missouri congresswoman Vicky Hartzler is seen comparing gay marriage to incest, paedophilia and allowing three-year-olds to drive.
7th June 2011
Pope preaches against ‘secularisation’ and gay marriage to Croatian Roman Catholics 158
3:20 PM — Pope Benedict warned Roman Catholics in Croatia on Sunday of the "disintegrating" traditional family in Europe and blaming "secularisation", among other issues.
Unitarian minister in Kentucky refuses to sign marriage licences until gay couples are given marriage equality 64
12:52 PM — A Unitarian minister in Kentucky has pledged that she will not sign any more marriage licences until the state makes same-sex marriages legal.
6th June 2011
Israeli Knesset Speaker angers orthodox Jews over involvement in Gay Pride Month 61
6:02 PM — Reuven Rivlin the Speaker (presiding officer) of the Knesset - the Israeli parliament - has angered conservative Jewish Knesset Members (MKs) over his plans to meet with leaders of the gay community in Israel in honor of Gay Pride Month.