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  • 5th March 2010

    Anti-gay group wants killer whale stoned to death 47

    Dawn Brancheau was drowned by a killer whale

    12:07 PM — An anti-gay religious group is calling for a killer whale which drowned its trainer to be stoned to death. According to the American Family Association, the Bible says that captive killer whale Tillikum should have been put to death in 1991 after the first time he killed a trainer.

  • Gay sex scandal at the Vatican 57

    The Vatican has been hit by another scandal

    11:39 AM — The Vatican has been hit by a gay sex scandal after allegations that a chorister had procured male prostitutes for a papal gentleman-in-waiting. The chorister, 29-year-old Thomas Chinedu Ehiem, was sacked after police heard him talking on a wiretap to Angelo Balducci, a Gentleman of His Holiness.

  • 3rd March 2010

    ‘Conscientious objection’ amendments to gay rights withdrawn 28

    The amendments were withdrawn last night

    12:59 PM — Two amendments to the Equality Bill giving the right to "conscientious objections" to gay equality measures were withdrawn in the House of Lords last night.

  • Lords back religious civil partnerships for gay couples 49

    The House of Lords approved religious civil partnerships

    9:22 AM — The House of Lords has approved an amendment to the Equality Bill giving gay couples the right to have civil partnerships in church. The measure, proposed by out gay peer Lord Waheed Alli, was passed 95 votes to 21, a majority of 74. A free vote was allowed.

  • 2nd March 2010

    Anti-Pope campaigners to deliver petition to Downing Street 14

    The petition will be delivered on Thursday

    2:31 PM — The National Secular Society is to deliver a 28,000-signature petition to Downing Street in protest at the Pope's UK visit. The online petition was set up by the organisation to complain over the estimated £20 million cost of the visit to taxpayers.

  • 1st March 2010

    Video: Dutch protest after gays are denied communion 16

    Protestors in pink

    5:12 PM — Gay rights activists in the Netherlands staged a protest yesterday over a Catholic church's policy of denying gay people communion.

  • Last Catholic adoption agency to resist gay equality legislation 21

    Bishops said children will suffer if the agency closes (Photo: D Sharon Pruitt)

    12:08 PM — The last Catholic adoption agency in the UK will take its case to the High Court this week to fight equality legislation forcing it to accept gay couples.

  • 25th February 2010

    Homophobic and anti-Semitic preacher invited to London university 27

    Hakim Quick

    7:20 PM — A Muslim cleric who has called Jews "filth" and gay people "sick" has been invited to speak at a London university tonight (Thursday). Sheikh Abdullah Hakim Quick will be speaking at the Strand campus of Kings College tonight on "Islamic solutions to environmental problems", as part of the university's green week.

  • 23rd February 2010

    Bishops call for gay civil partnerships in church 43

    Senior and retired clergy said faiths should be allowed to hold the ceremonies

    10:38 AM — Senior clergy in the Church of England called today to lift the ban on gay couples having civil partnerships in church. They said that it was inconsistent and discriminatory to ban gay couples having their ceremonies in churches willing to accommodate them.

  • 19th February 2010

    Jesus was gay, says Elton 57

    The star claimed Jesus was gay

    12:20 PM — Elton John has said that Jesus was a "super-intelligent" gay man In a magazine interview, in which he also discussed his former drug addiction, the singer spoke his mind about the son of God.

  • Government accused of U-turn over faith schools’ teaching on homosexuality 62

    The government was accused of trying to introduce "the new Section 28"

    11:49 AM — The government has been accused of performing a U-turn over an amendment allowing faith schools to teach about homosexuality in line with their "religious character". Some critics it looked like "another Section 28".

  • 18th February 2010

    Ugandan pastor shows his church gay porn 30

    Martin Ssempa showed his church gay porn

    6:00 PM — Homophobic Ugandan preacher Martin Ssempa has been accused of being "twisted" for showing his congregation gay porn to persuade them to support an anti-homosexuality bill.

  • 17th February 2010

    Anti-gay cure group to protest outside Christian convention 53

    A similar protest in April (Photo: Nicolas Chinardet)

    6:38 PM — Gay campaigners are to protest outside a gay cure conference in Northern Ireland this weekend. Christian group Core Issues is holding a conference with the Rev Mario Bergner, who claims to have been turned away from homosexuality by God.

  • Pope may be invited on BBC’s Thought for the Day 39

    The Pope may be asked to present Thought for the Day

    5:59 PM — The BBC is in talks with the Pope for him to give the Thought of the Day on Radio 4's Today programme. The Pope is to visit the UK in September and BBC director-general Mark Thompson, a devout Catholic, is understood to have visited the Vatican to discuss BBC coverage of the trip.

  • 12th February 2010

    Protestors will tell Pope to ‘snog off’ 39

    The kiss-in will take place on Valentine's Day

    5:36 PM — A 'kiss-in' will be held as part of Sunday's Valentine's Day protest against the Pope's visit to the UK. Demonstrators plan to march from London's Westminster Cathedral to the Italian embassy in Grosvenor Square and those willing are being asked to take five minutes to publicly show their love for their partners.

  • Church of England approves pension rights for gay civil partners 7

    The Church voted for equal pension rights for civil partners

    12:13 PM — The Church of England General Synod yesterday approved giving the civil partners of deceased gay clergy equal pensions rights. This means that they will be given the same pensions benefits as heterosexual widows or widowers.

  • 11th February 2010

    Church of England avoids endorsement of anti-gay Anglicans 6

    The Church of England voted to recognise the breakaway group as Anglicans

    3:19 PM — The Church of England's General Synod yesterday voted to recognise the desire of dissident US conservative Anglicans to remain Anglicans. But it declined to promise to ally with or endorse the group, which opposes gay bishops and same-sex marriage.

  • 10th February 2010

    Gay bishop’s civil partnership postponed 5

    Pat Buckley pictured with his mother

    5:42 PM — Northern Ireland Bishop Pat Buckley has postponed his civil partnership after his fiance got "stressed out" with the media attention.

  • US science professor ‘told students homosexuality is a mental illness’ 28

    The ACLU has asked for a response from Fresno City College

    3:45 PM — A health science professor at an American college allegedly used the Bible to teach his students 'facts' about homosexuality. The American Civil Liberties Union says that at least two students at Fresno City College in California have complained over Professor Bradley Lopez' methods.

  • Valentine’s Day protest over Pope’s UK visit 10

    The Pope is to visit the UK in September

    2:53 PM — A protest against the Pope's visit to the UK is to take place in central London this Sunday. It is being planned by the Central London Humanist Group in partnership with the British Humanist Association, the National Secular Society and gay equality group OutRage! among others.

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