30th May 2011
Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City ordains first lesbian rabbi 18
3:25 PM — The Conservative movement ordained their first openly gay rabbi in a ceremony earlier this month at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.
Kirk leaders believe more Scots ministers will come out following last week’s vote to allow gay clergy 76
2:41 PM — The Church of Scotland is expecting a number of its ministers to come out as gay after last week's historic vote to allow gay men and women to practice clergy.
Increasing number of countries becoming more tolerant of homosexuality, survey shows 69
10:43 AM — Results of a new cross-national study have shown that a vast majority of countries have become more accepting of homosexuality over the past 20 years - though the trend is markedly slower in Russia and other former Communist countries.
Fence-sitting senators could decide fate of New York state’s same-sex marriage vote 18
10:04 AM — A group of undecided senators could determine whether same-sex marriage will become legal in New York state, according to a survey by Gannett's Albany Bureau.
27th May 2011
Christian ‘gay cure’ therapist guilty of malpractice 121
4:10 PM — A Christian therapist who tried to turn a gay undercover journalist straight has been found guilty of professional malpractice. This week, a professional trial at the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy unanimously ruled that Lesley Pilkington had acted unprofessionally.
Illinois Catholic groups stop foster care services over gay parents 59
12:05 PM — Catholic charities in Rockford, Illinois, have opted to cease all foster care services to avoid having to cater to gay couples. The charities must comply with a new state law which says any organisation receiving state funds must not discriminate.
25th May 2011
Scottish minister resigns over gay clergy 22
3:12 PM — Another Church of Scotland minister has resigned over the issue of gay clergy. The Reverend Roddy MacRae, minister of Glenelg and Kintail, said he would stand down after the Kirk's general assembly voted to accept gay and lesbian ministers in future.
24th May 2011
Military chaplains want reassurances over opposition to homosexuality 57
4:12 PM — Military chaplains are calling for reassurances that troops will not be punished if they speak out about their opposition to homosexuality. According to Associated Press, a joint letter from retired chaplains from 21 religious groups to the lead chaplains of the Army, Navy and Air Force says that troops may be unable to speak openly if they fear punishment.
Video: God Hates Fags demo leads to $50,000 donation to gay AIDS charity 28
2:58 PM — A leading American comedienne known as 'the Queen of Mean', Lisa Lampanelli, has donated $50,000 to a gay AIDS charity in the name of the Westboro Baptist Church, home of the 'God Hates Fags' campaign.
US anti-gay campaigner: ‘We’re losing on gay marriage’ 58
11:31 AM — One of America's most prominent anti-gay campaigners has conceded that the battle against gay marriage is being lost. Jim Daly, the chief executive of Focus on the Family, told an evangelical magazine that the majority of those under 30 now support gay marriage.
23rd May 2011
Church of Scotland ends moratorium on gay ministers 19
6:02 PM — The Church of Scotland has voted to end an moratorium on ordaining gay ministers. A temporary ban was instituted in 2009 after anger over the ordination of an openly gay man, the Rev Scott Rennie.
Church of Scotland to debate gay ministers today 13
11:43 AM — The Church of Scotland will debate today whether gay ministers should be ordained. The General Assembly will decide whether to retain a ban on ordaining gay ministers until a report is published next year.
20th May 2011
Gay MP says straight couples face discrimination over hymn Jerusalem 62
3:04 PM — The hymn Jerusalem risks becoming "reserved for homosexual couples", a gay MP has claimed. Chris Bryant, the Labour MP for Rhondda, claimed that church policy means straight couples are increasingly being banned from using William Blake's famous hymn at their weddings because clergy deem it is "not addressed to God".
19th May 2011
Homosexuality did not cause Catholic Church child abuse scandal, report says 70
1:52 PM — A study commissioned by the US Catholic Church confirms that child abuse by priests was not caused by homosexuality or celibacy. The $2 million report, by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, instead says that the sexual revolution post-1960 was to blame, along with poor training and a lack of emotional support.
16th May 2011
Violence breaks out between Christians and gays in Australian city 215
10:40 AM — Police had to intervene when a clash broke out at a gay rights rally in Adelaide, Australia, this weekend. The rally was held to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).
11th May 2011
US Presbyterian church votes to allow gay ministers 28
4:06 PM — US Presbyterians have voted to allow gay people in relationships to be ordained as ministers, elders and deacons. The Presbyterian Church (USA) has been debating the issue for more than 30 years.
26th April 2011
Catholic charity loses appeal over gay adoption 173
5:32 PM — A tribunal has thrown out a Catholic charity's bid to be exempted from equality laws which make it illegal to discriminate against gay couples who wish to adopt.
Gay former governor of New Jersey has bid for ordination ‘deferred’ 7
1:13 PM — A gay former governor of New Jersey has had his bid to join the Episcopal priesthood deferred.
Church of Scotland leaders to discuss special commission report on same-sex relationships 10
12:02 PM — The Church of Scotland's leaders will discuss the Special Commission's report on same-sex relationships and the ministry at May's General Assembly meeting.
21st April 2011
Thousands could leave Church of Scotland over gay clergy 58
11:10 AM — A substantial number of members could leave the Church of Scotland if gay clergy are permitted, a report says. The church was threated by a schism two years ago when an openly gay man in a relationship was ordained.