28th February 2011
Website blaming gays for Christchurch quake shut down 23
9:19 PM — A website that blamed the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, on gay people, has been shut down by its Utah-based web hosting provider, BlueHost. It follows complaints from the readers of PinkNews.co.uk and other LGBT media.
Gay priest fired from Philadelphia Catholic university 19
4:14 PM — An openly gay priest has been fired from teaching at a Catholic university in Philadelphia because he has been in a relationship with a man for the past 15 years.
Court upholds foster ban on couple who oppose homosexuality 390
2:52 PM — The High Court has upheld a council's decision to bar a couple from fostering children because they oppose homosexuality.
27th February 2011
Archbishop of Canterbury says Church will fight moves to introduce gay marriage 236
3:17 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has told a private meeting of influential MPs that he is not prepared to allow Church of England buildings to host religious civil partnerships.
25th February 2011
Gay journalist Johann Hari calls for open debate on ‘Muslim homophobia’ 199
5:33 PM — There should be an open discussion on homophobia amongst Muslims, gay journalist Johann Hari says. The Independent columnist lives in east London, close to where anti-gay stickers were plastered around streets earlier this month.
24th February 2011
Christian website blames Christchurch Quake on gays 92
12:13 PM — Members of the LGBT community in New Zealand have denounced a US-based Christian website for blaming the Christchurch earthquake on vengeance from God because of the "amoral" behaviour of gays and lesbians.
23rd February 2011
Comment: Stephen Twigg on the parallels of homophobia and antisemitism 25
4:40 PM — Similarities between homophobia and antisemitism mean LGBT and Jewish campaigns should work together to learn and share successes, Labour MP Stephen Twigg says.
New book claims Jesus can ‘cure’ gays and lesbians 82
11:09 AM — Jesus can cure homosexuality, a new book claims. 'Where is your brother?', by Canadian author Marion Heath, is being published in the UK and tells the story of a gay couple who split up when one has a "dramatic experience".
22nd February 2011
Catholic Archbishop of Southwark: Religious civil partnerships not ‘necessary nor desirable’ 61
10:01 PM — The archbishop of Southwark, the Most Rev Peter Smith, has claimed it is not "necessary nor desirable" for gay couples to have civil partnerships conducted in churches and other religious buildings.
First UK national forum for LGBT Jews formed 13
1:12 PM — A national forum has been launched for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans Jews. Keshet UK, which means 'rainbow', hopes to challenge prejudice, tackle anti-gay bullying and support Jewish LGBT people in schools, synagogues and social care.
21st February 2011
The Queen’s composer hits out at ‘gay-bashing thugs’ in Church of England 6
12:38 PM — The Queen's composer has attacked "gay-bashing fundamentalists" in the Church of England for refusing to allow civil partnerships. Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, 76, hit out at clerics for refusing to officiate gay couples' ceremonies.
20th February 2011
Preview: BBC investigates religious gay Muslim marriages being held in the UK and USA 22
11:26 AM — Less than a week after the government announced the process for religious civil partnerships, BBC Radio 5 Live are to broadcast an investigation into the growing numbers of gay Muslims seeking Islamic marriages.
17th February 2011
East London Mosque and mayor condemn anti-gay stickers 8
1:34 PM — The East London Mosque and the mayor of Tower Hamlets have condemned homophobic stickers placed around the borough.
Equality minister Lynne Featherstone says faiths won’t be sued for refusing civil partnerships 59
12:33 PM — Liberal Democrat equality minister Lynne Featherstone has said that church ministers will not be successfully sued for refusing to host gay civil partnerships.
Comment: Religious civil partnerships are the first step towards religious same sex marriages 59
12:07 AM — For Rabbi David Mitchell, his true 'partnership' ceremony wasn't in the registry office, it was in his synagogue. He explains why the government's announcement of civil partnerships in religious buildings could be the first steps towards same-sex marriages in religious institutions, something welcomed by Quakers, Unitarians, Liberal Jews and from today the larger Reform Judaism movement.
16th February 2011
British government looks towards introducing gay marriage equality 56
11:58 PM — The British government has admitted that there is an imbalance between civil partnerships and civil marriage and is actively examining ways of addressing this. Ministers will announce today that a consultation will be held on the "next steps" for recognition of gay couples. PinkNews.co.uk understands that ministers favour giving gay and straight couples access to both civil marriages and civil partnerships.
California court to decide whether opponents can challenge gay marriage ruling 1
4:08 PM — The California Supreme Court is to meet today to decide whether supporters of the state's gay marriage ban have the legal standing to defend it.
14th February 2011
Updated: Stickers declare ‘gay-free zone’ in east London 108
4:30 PM — Stickers have been placed around London's East End, declaring it a "gay-free zone". The messages, posted on buildings and lampposts close to gay nightspots George & Dragon and the Joiner's Inn, say "Arise and warn. Gay free zone. Verily Allah is severe in punishment."
Sacked Christian doctor says he may sue Home Office 27
11:03 AM — A Christian doctor sacked as a drugs advisor by the government says he may sue if the Home Office does not apologise to him. Dr Hans-Christian Raabe was fired from the advisory panel because he failed to mention controversial past work in interviews, the Home Office said earlier this month.
9th February 2011
Wisconsin lesbian minister could be removed from clergy 7
1:34 PM — A lesbian minister in the US state of Wisconsin is to appear before a church trial. Rev Amy DeLong will face charges after she presided over a 2009 ceremony for a lesbian couple and registered her own relationship as a domestic partnership.