1st June 2009
Sweden appoints lesbian bishop 4
2:11 PM — The Church of Sweden has appointed a lesbian as the Lutheran bishop of Stockholm. Eva Brunne, who is in a registered partnership, is believed to be the world's first lesbian bishop. She won the post by 413 votes against 365 votes and will succeed Bishop Caroline Krook, who is to retire in November.
29th May 2009
Radical Iraq cleric orders ‘depraved’ homosexuality to be eradicated 38
11:55 AM — Moqtada Sadr, a radical Shiite cleric in Iraq, has ordered that the "depravity" of homosexuality must be eradicated, yet urged an end to violence against gays and lesbians.
27th May 2009
Desmond Tutu supports gay clergy 20
3:03 PM — Archbishop Desmond Tutu received a standing ovation when he spoke out in support of gay clergy at the Church of Scotland General Assembly yesterday.
Gay minister faces new challenge in ‘disrepute’ allegation 11
12:18 PM — Openly gay minister Scott Rennie, whose appointment threatened to split the Church of Scotland, is facing a new challenge after it was claimed his congregation had not known he was gay.
26th May 2009
Catholic aide claims gay men are to blame for paedophilia 151
1:54 PM — An aide of the Archbishop of Cardiff has claimed that gay men are the main perpetrators of paedophilia in the Catholic Church.
Two-year moratorium on gay ordinations in Scotland 8
11:19 AM — The Church of Scotland has imposed a two-year ban on new ordinations of gay ministers. The decision comes just two days after the General Assembly voted 326-267 to allow openly gay Rev Scott Rennie to serve as minister at Queen's Cross Church in Aberdeen.
25th May 2009
Church of Scotland to establish commission to examine gay clergy issue 11
8:49 PM — Just days after the Church of Scotland's General Assembly voted to approve the ordination of an openly gay minister, it has decided to avoid a potentially damaging debate on the issue of gay clergy. The assembly is meeting in Edinburgh decided that a commission should be establish to examine the issue and report back in 2011.
24th May 2009
Church of Scotland approves appointment of openly gay minister 27
11:56 AM — The Church of Scotland General Assembly last night voted to approve the ordination of openly gay minister Scott Rennie.
22nd May 2009
Evangelical groups call on Church of Scotland to back gay minister 52
11:43 AM — Ten Evangelical groups have urged the Church of Scotland to back the ordination of openly gay Reverend Scott Rennie. Rennie, who lives openly with his partner, was appointed as minister of Queen's Cross Church in Aberdeen by his congregation.
21st May 2009
Churches to be banned from turning down gay staff 206
12:11 PM — Religious groups are to be forced to accept gay youth workers, secretaries and other staff under new anti-discrimination laws.
18th May 2009
Ex-wife of gay minister offers public support 5
5:42 PM — The former wife of openly gay Rev Scott Rennie, whose ordination is threatening to create a schism in the Church of Scotland, has spoken out in his defence.
14th May 2009
Row deepens over ordination of gay minister as insults fly 24
5:37 PM — A supporter of openly gay minister Rev Scott Rennie has described his opponents as "terrorists". Rev Georgie Baxendale, one of Scotland’s first female preachers, said members of evangelical group Forward Together were damaging the church.
13th May 2009
Scottish minister compares supporters of gay clergy to Nazis 56
11:57 AM — Anti-gay Scottish minister Rev Ian Watson has compared the supporters of an openly gay minister to the Nazis.
11th May 2009
Equality California enlists clergy to help fight gay marriage ban 26
11:16 AM — Equality California (EQCA), the advocacy group fighting to win back gay marriage in California, is seeking to enlist 1,000 clergy members to help change attitudes in the state.
8th May 2009
God hates fags preacher joins calls to block gay Scottish minister 20
12:23 PM — Fred Phelps, the leader of the Westboro Baptist Church which picket dead soldiers' funerals with chants of 'God hates fags', has said the ordination of openly gay minister Scot Rennie to a Scottish church would be an "abomination".
7th May 2009
‘Joe the Plumber’ refuses to let gays near his children 26
3:05 PM — Samuel Wurzelbacher, the American plumber who became a celebrity when described by presidential hopeful John McCain as the 'average man' has said he will not let gays near his children.
Poll finds zero tolerance for homosexuality among UK Muslims 225
11:20 AM — A survey published today shows that UK Muslims have significantly less tolerance for homosexuality than their French and German counterparts.
6th May 2009
Controversial pastor Rick Warren ‘one of the world’s most influential people’ 17
1:56 PM — Rick Warren, the US evangelist pastor who spoke out against gay marriage, has been included in Time magazine's latest list of the world's most influential people.
Scottish MPs condemn clergy for attacks on gay minister 20
11:43 AM — Members of the Scottish Parliament have criticised the clergy for attempting to block the appointment of openly gay minister Scott Rennie.
Miss California forced to defend topless photos 23
10:30 AM — Carrie Prejean, the Miss World contestant who criticised gay marriage, has defended topless photos of her taken as a teenager. The beauty queen, who was crowned Miss California, said she did not believe in gay marriage when asked by celebrity blogger Perez Hilton at the final of the competition.