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  • 8th November 2010

    ‘Gay’ Lebanese man refused Australian visa 6

    The man was denied a protection visa because authorities did not think he was gay

    5:22 PM — A Lebanese Muslim man was refused a protection visa in Australia because authorities did not believe he was gay. The man, who cannot be named, says he is gay but became engaged to an Australian woman to escape his abusive father.

  • Hundreds stage gay kiss-in as Pope visits Spain 16

    The Pope was greeted by protesters staging a gay kiss-in

    1:18 PM — Gays and lesbians staged a kiss-in protest during the Pope's visit to Spain as the Pontiff defended "traditional" relationships. The protest, said by reports to include 100-200 people, took place as he was driven through Barcelona yester

  • First out gay bishop Gene Robinson to retire early 5

    Gene Robinson will retire early

    12:14 PM — The openly gay Bishop of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson, has announced he will retire early. Rev Robinson will be 65 when he retires in 2013, seven years before the usual retirement age for bishops.

  • 4th November 2010

    Bishop of Wakefield says church must listen to gay people 20

    The Bishop of Wakefield said that the church must listen to gay people

    5:01 PM — The Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Revd Stephen Platten, says that the Church of England must listen to gay people inside and outside the church. Writing after attending a gay group's meeting, he said he felt "shamed" because he had not listened to gay people.

  • Head of Belgian Catholic church says AIDS is ‘justice’ for gays 86

    The Catholic Church says homosexuality is "intrinsically disordered".

    11:20 AM — The head of the Catholic Church in Belgium has said that AIDS is "intrinsic justice" for homosexuality. Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard also said that elderly priests found to have sexually abused children should not be punished.

  • 2nd November 2010

    Equal Love campaign: First gay couple denied marriage 21

    All eight couples will file a legal challenge (Photo: Katie Tegtmeyer)

    4:46 PM — The first of eight gay and straight couples to challenge the UK's marriage laws have been denied a marriage at a London registry office, as expected. Rev Sharon Ferguson and her partner Franka Streitzel, the lead gay couple in the Equal Love campaign, were denied permission to marry this morning in Greenwich.

  • 1st November 2010

    Bishops say gay rights laws damage Christian freedoms 60

    Senior clerics said that there was a clash of rights

    12:20 PM — Leading Church of England bishops have claimed that equality laws mean gay rights are being "privileged" over the rights of Christians. The figures, including former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey and Bishop of Winchester Michael Scott-Joynt, said that gay rights supporters are able to "suppress all disagreement or disapproval and 'coerce silence'."

  • 31st October 2010

    Gay synagogue was target of Yemeni exploding packages plot 5

    The Or Chadesh gay community believes it was the target of attack

    11:49 AM — A lesbian and gay Jewish congregation in Chicago was the target of one of the explosive-laden packages intercepted on route from Yemen, a Rabbi has claimed.

  • 29th October 2010

    Universities ‘should employ watchdogs against discriminatory extremism’ 17

    The report said student unions should use watchdogs to curb extremism

    4:03 PM — Universities should employ watchdogs to guard against religious extremism, a report has said. It accused some members of the Islamic society at City University of intimidating gay, female and Jewish students, as well as those who worked on the student newspaper.

  • 27th October 2010

    Gay priest ice cream ad banned for ‘mocking Catholics’ 46

    The ad was ruled to be offensive to Catholics

    11:50 AM — An ad for ice cream which showed two priests about to kiss has been banned after it was ruled offensive to Catholics. The Advertising Standards Authority said that the ad, for Antonio Federici ice cream, was likely to cause "serious offence".

  • 26th October 2010

    Gay kissing protest for Pope’s visit to Spain 18

    The Pope will visit Spain next month

    3:08 PM — A gay group is organising a kissing protest to greet Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Spain. The Pope is to tour the country next month and Queer Kissing Flashmob says it will stage the demonstration in front of him during a procession.

  • 11th October 2010

    New York governor candidate Carl Paladino attacks homosexuality 35

    Carl Paladino said he was not a bigot

    4:44 PM — The Republican candidate for New York governor, Carl Paladino, has denied he is a bigot after criticising homosexuality. Speaking at a meeting of Orthodox Jewish leaders in Brooklyn on Sunday, Mr Paladino warned that children were being "brainwashed" into thinking that homosexuality is valid.

  • 8th October 2010

    Australian LGBT support group wins legal pay-out 9

    WayOut, a gay group from Victoria, Australia, were awarded $5,000 in a legal pay-out

    5:31 PM — A court in the Australian state of Victoria has upheld a complaint from a gay youth support group after a Christian youth camp refused them accommodation, claiming it was against their position on homosexuality.

  • Washington DC Methodist Church approves same-sex marriages 4

    The congregation of the Washington DC branch of the Foundry United Methodist Church voted in favour of same-sex marriage.

    4:29 PM — Worshippers at Washington DC's Foundry United Methodist Church voted 367 to 8 last month to allow same-sex marriages to take place at the church and to allow its clergy to perform said ceremonies.

  • Serbian Orthodox Church issues anti-Pride statement ahead of Sunday’s parade in Belgrade 12

    The Serbian Orthodox Church have expressed outrage over Sunday's planned Pride parade in Belgrade

    3:45 PM — The Serbian Orthodox Church said today that they strongly oppose the gay Pride march planned for this Sunday in Belgrade.

  • Ozzy Osbourne ‘disgusted’ by anti-gay church’s use of his music at protest 29

    Ozzy Osbourne has hit out at Westboro Baptist Church's use of his music in their protests.

    3:20 PM — Ozzy Osbourne has hit out at the homophobic Westboro Baptist Church after discovering that they had used one of his hits at their recent protests at the US Supreme Court in Washington DC.

  • 4th October 2010

    Megachurch pastor accused of seducing young men says faith has been strengthened

    Eddie Long has not addressed the lawsuits directly

    5:25 PM — Eddie Long, the American megachurch pastor accused of seducing young men, says his faith has been strengthened. In his second Sunday sermon since the allegations broke, the Atlanta pastor made no explicit reference to the four lawsuits against him.

  • 1st October 2010

    Gay vicar forced to postpone civil partnership 19

    The Rev Colin Coward has postponed his civil partnership (Photo: Scott Gunn)

    4:51 PM — A gay vicar who hopes to tie the knot with his Nigerian fiance has postponed the ceremony because the Home Office has not yet approved his residency in the UK.

  • 27th September 2010

    Anti-gay pastor Eddie Long vows to ‘fight’ gay sex claims

    Eddie Long said he would fight the allegations

    10:58 AM — Eddie Long, the anti-gay leader of one of America's largest church congregations, has said he will fight allegations he coerced young men in his flock to have sex with him. Last week, three young men filed lawsuits alleging that Mr Long gave them money, cars and holidays in return for massages, oral sex and masturbation.

  • 25th September 2010

    Archbishop of Canterbury: Gay bishops are fine, so long as they are celibate 87

    Dr Williams has said he has no problem with gay bishops

    11:08 AM — Dr Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, in an interview published in The Times has revealed he has "no problem" with homosexuals becoming bishops, but only if they remain celibate. A leader column in the same newspaper criticises Dr Williams for his treatment of a homosexual twice rejected from becoming a bishop and calls on Dr Williams to affirm that discrimination against homosexuals is wrong.

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