17th August 2010
Registrars investigated for ‘avoiding carrying out civil partnerships’ 45
11:02 AM — Two registrars in south London are being investigated over allegations that they swapped shifts to avoid carrying out civil partnerships for gay couples. The pair allegedly said they could not officiate the ceremonies because civil partnerships are against their religious beliefs.
13th August 2010
Latest ‘Protest the Pope’ campaign held in London 72
5:32 PM — A meeting was held in south London last night by the Protest the Pope campaign committee. During the meeting, reasons for protesting the pontiff's visit next month were discussed.
Orthodox rabbis sign pro-gay document 14
3:57 PM — Three Montreal rabbis became the latest signatories yesterday of a statement calling for the acceptance of Jewish gay men and lesbians into synagogues.
American comedian suggests ‘ground zero gay bar’ 23
1:03 PM — Left-wing American commentator and comedian Greg Gutfeld suggested on his blog yesterday that opening a gay bar next to the proposed "Ground Zero Mosque" in New York City would be a way of "building bridges".
12th August 2010
Father of Mel Gibson brands Pope ‘gay’ 24
9:57 AM — The 91-year-old father of actor Mel Gibson has outed himself as a homophobe during a live phone-in on a US Christian radio station.
10th August 2010
Former Tory candidate warned by employer over anti-gay comments 23
3:25 PM — A teacher who stood for election as a Conservative candidate has been given a written warning by his employer for remarks about homosexuality.
9th August 2010
Former vicar barred from fostering after refusing to have gay couples in his home 25
2:21 PM — A former vicar has been banned from fostering children after refusing to allow gay couples in his home. John and Colette Yallop, of Blackburn, Lancashire, claimed that their five-year-old daughter and seven-year-old son would be confused by a same-sex couple and they did not want to answer their children's questions on the issue.
Australian senate candidate Wendy Francis says gay marriage is ‘emotional child abuse’ 51
12:07 PM — A Queensland senate contender in Australia has provoked outrage by calling gay marriage "child abuse" which will lead to "uncontrollable depression and suicide".
30th July 2010
Author Anne Rice ‘quits’ being a Christian over attitudes to gays and women 22
3:08 PM — Anne Rice, the author of Interview with a Vampire, has "quit" Christianity over the faith's "hostile" attitudes to gay rights, women and contraception. She converted to Catholicism 12 years ago but announced on her Facebook yesterday that although she remained "committed to Christ", she no longer wanted to be part of the faith.
Gay hate preacher Stephen Green to air views in Channel 4 documentary 93
12:13 PM — Stephen Green, the director of anti-gay lobby group Christian Voice, will air his homophobic views in a short Channel 4 programme on Monday.
29th July 2010
American rabbis sign declaration of gay acceptance 14
1:04 PM — More than 60 US rabbis have signed a declaration calling for Jewish communities to be accepting and tolerant of lesbian and gay people.
28th July 2010
Lord who tabled religious civil partnerships amendment now supports gay marriage 14
4:45 PM — Lord Waheed Alli, the Labour peer who tabled an amendment in the last government to allow religious civil partnerships, has called for full marriage equality.
26th July 2010
Christian student sues college for trying to make her change anti-gay views 325
5:28 PM — A counselling student has filed a lawsuit against her college claiming that it tried to make her change her anti-gay beliefs. Jennifer Keeton, a 24-year-old graduate student of Augusta State University, is a Christian and believes homosexuality is immoral and a "lifestyle choice".
23rd July 2010
Video: Italian Catholic priests ‘filmed having casual sex at gay clubs’
3:56 PM — Another gay scandal has hit the Catholic Church in Italy after three priests were allegedly filmed having casual sex and visiting gay nightclubs.
Catholic Church will ‘never’ recognise gay marriage, bishop tells Cameron 49
3:22 PM — A Scottish bishop has written to prime minister David Cameron to tell him that the Catholic Church will 'never' recognise marriage for gay couples.
Government plans to stop Pope arrest 68
1:15 PM — The government has proposed changes to the law which will prevent gay and atheist campaigners arresting the Pope when he visits the UK in September. Whitehall officials were said to be "seriously concerned" that figures such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Peter Tatchell could attempt to bring a private prosecution against the Catholic leader under international criminal law.
22nd July 2010
Tel Aviv to rebrand itself as gay destination 16
4:18 PM — Tel Aviv's Tourism Association has begun a drive to rebrand the Israeli city as a popular gay destination. The city already has a lively gay scene but tourism chiefs hope to attract more visitors.
19th July 2010
Lady Gaga hits out at ‘God Hates Fags’ church 50
3:06 PM — Lady Gaga hit out at members of Westboro Baptist Church, calling them "hate criminals". The singer played a concert in St Louis, Missouri on Saturday night, which was picketed by the controversial church.
15th July 2010
Government responds to petition against ‘homophobic’ Pope’s visit 28
2:20 PM — Peter Tatchell has complained that a government response to his petition against the Pope's visit to the UK has "ignored all the issues". The gay rights activist is leading a campaign against the Pope's September visit, accusing him of homophobia, opposing women's rights and helping to cover up child abuse.
13th July 2010
Catholic cardinal says gay marriage in Argentina is the work of the devil 25
6:24 PM — Argentina's highest-ranking Catholic prelate has warned that the country's gay marriage bill is a "machination" of the devil. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio has called on priests in Buenos Aires, where he is archbishop, to protest against the bill.