23rd February 2011
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.
8th February 2011
British Muslim group condemns Bahrain gay arrests 31
10:38 AM — The Association of British Muslims has condemned the arrests of more than 130 gay men in Bahrain. Last Thursday, police raided a 'wedding party' at a sports club in Hidd, arresting guests.
7th February 2011
Christian podiatrist ‘didn’t want to treat patients he thought were gay’
4:36 PM — A Christian podiatrist has appeared before a professional trial over claims that he tried to get a colleague to swap patients with him because he thought the man was gay.
Christian GP sacked from drugs panel over views on homosexuality 259
11:15 AM — A Christian doctor who co-wrote a paper linking gays to paedophilia has been sacked as a government drug advisor. Dr Hans-Christian Raabe claimed he had been "sacrificed on the altar of political correctness" but the Home Office said he had been fired because he failed to mention the controversial work in interviews.
3rd February 2011
I’d be bisexual if I was 21, Ted Haggard says 45
10:46 AM — Former megachurch pastor Ted Haggard says he would be bisexual if he was 21 and not a Christian. Speaking to GQ magazine, the disgraced preacher insisted he was happily married to wife Gayle and said he still believes that the Bible says homosexuality "is not God's best plan for people".
2nd February 2011
Former Tory Lord Chancellor says Christians must have the right to bar gays 75
4:52 PM — Lord Mackay of Clashfern has argued that Christians must be free to act on their consciences when it comes to gay rights. The former Lord Chancellor under Margaret Thatcher and John Mayor said insisting that Christians abide by equality laws - such as in the case of hotel owners - was "Orwellian".
31st January 2011
Gay people were sexually abused, says senior advisor of New York Muslim centre 58
4:40 PM — A senior advisor of the proposed Muslim centre near Ground Zero says that homosexuality is mainly caused by emotional or sexual abuse. Abdallah Adhami, 44, said in a lecture that being gay was a "painful trial" which results from past trauma.
Don’t demonise gays and lesbians, Archbishop of Canterbury warns 30
2:50 PM — Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has warned against "demonising" gays and lesbians. The Anglican leader was speaking on Friday, two days after the murder of Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato.