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  • 13th October 2011

    US politician Sally Kern ‘fears for life’ after saying homosexuality killed has more Americans than terrorists 163

    Sally Kern says she fears for her life

    10:47 AM — Oklahoma Republican Sally Kern says she fears gay rights campaigners may kill her over her homophobic views. The politician, who claims that homosexuality has killed more people in the US than terrorism, said she has felt "physical fear" when gay people send her angry emails.

  • 12th October 2011

    Comment: Let faiths celebrate gay marriages 65

    Liberal Judaism wants the right to hold gay weddings

    3:51 PM — Rabbi Aaron Goldstein, the co-chair of Rabbinic Conference of Liberal Judaism, says the government must include religious ceremonies in the forthcoming gay marriage consultation.

  • 11th October 2011

    Gay reverend hits back at Scottish Catholic leaders 35

    The Scottish government is holding a gay marriage consultation (Photo: Ludovic Bertron)

    4:18 PM — The openly gay reverend of an Episcopal church in Scotland has hit back at anti-gay Catholic leaders. The Very Reverend Kelvin Holdsworth, Provost of the Episcopal Cathedral Church of St Mary the Virgin, said he was "embarrassed" by the remarks of faith leaders on gay marriage.

  • Scottish faith groups want gay marriage referendum 36

    The faith groups want a referendum on gay marriage

    1:21 PM — Two Scottish faith groups are calling for a referendum on gay marriage. Dundee-based Solas and the Free Church say voters should be allowed to choose whether Scotland allows gay couples to wed.

  • 10th October 2011

    Scottish Lib Dem leader attacks bishops for ‘imposing’ gay marriage views 34

    Willie Rennie said bishops were 'imposing' their views

    3:48 PM — Willie Rennie, the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, has attacked Catholic bishops for seeking to "impose" their views on gay marriage. Speaking on Saturday to the Scottish Liberal Democrat party conference, he said that Catholic bishops' moves to scupper gay marriage plans were "an affront to liberal democracy".

  • Mugabe wants Archbishop of Canterbury to explain views on gays 72

    Robert Mugabe's homophobia is well-documented

    1:47 PM — Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe wants Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams to explain the church's views on homosexuality. The African leader's spokesman said yesterday that Mr Mugabe wants to know why homosexuality is being "prescribed" to Zimbabweans.

  • Catholic archbishop urges Scottish parishes to oppose gay marriage 72

    Archbishop Mario Conti has launched a campaign against gay marriage

    11:45 AM — The Archbishop of Glasgow, Mario Conti, has written to all Scottish parishes to urge them to oppose plans to give gay couples the right to marry. He said that churches would "actively campaign" to block marriage rights for gay people and warned that the move would create "larger divisions" in society.

  • 7th October 2011

    Tory MP says gay marriage is ‘a step too far’ 192

    The government will look at legalising gay marriage

    3:12 PM — Conservative MPs have spoken out against prime minister David Cameron's support for gay marriage. On Wednesday, Mr Cameron urged the party to back the move because of its Conservatism, not in spite of it.

  • Video: US student tells of ‘gay cure’ torture at hands of father 142

    Samuel Brinton said his father had tortured him

    2:52 PM — An American student has described how he was tortured for a month by his father in an effort to turn him heterosexual. Samuel Brinton, a student at Kansas State University, said his Southern Baptist missionary father beat him, burned him and shocked him with electric currents.

  • 6th October 2011

    Cameron faces religious backlash over gay marriage comments 203

    The Catholic Church will formally oppose the plans

    11:33 AM — Religious leaders have criticised prime minister David Cameron's public backing for gay marriage. Giving his keynote speech at the Conservative party conference in Manchester yesterday, Mr Cameron urged the party to back the move because of its Conservatism, not in spite of it.

  • 5th October 2011

    Three more Church of Scotland ministers quit over gay clergy 43

    Three Highland ministers have resigned over gay clergy

    1:25 PM — Another three Church of Scotland ministers have announced they will quit over gay clergy members. Highland ministers the Rev Ivor Martin will leave Kilmuir and Stenscholl on Skye, the Rev John Murdo MacDonald will leave Lochalsh and the Rev Rory McRae will leave Kintail and Glenelg.

  • Conflict over ‘gay cure’ study 143

    They study authors claimed that gay people can become straight

    10:17 AM — Two professors from American religious universities claim they have evidence to show that sexual orientation can be changed. Mark Yarhouse of Regent University and Stanton Jones at Wheaton College say that almost a quarter of the people they studied were able to become straight.

  • 4th October 2011

    Aberdeen minister resigns over gay clergy 156

    The Church of Scotland has 'betrayed' followers, it was claimed.

    11:15 AM — A church minister in Aberdeen has resigned over the issue of gay clergy. Reverend Peter Dickson, of High Church in Hilton, said he felt "genuine sorrow" at taking the decision. He said that the decision to accept openly gay clergy meant his position was becoming "untenable".

  • 30th September 2011

    Pentagon says military chaplains can hold gay weddings 16

    Military chaplains will have the option of holding gay weddings

    4:01 PM — The Pentagon has ruled that military chaplains may perform same-sex marriage ceremonies on or off military bases. The change comes ten days after the formal repeal of the ban on openly gay troops.

  • New York Christian clerk may go to court over gay marriages 71

    Ms Belforti says God does not want her to serve gay couples

    2:33 PM — A town clerk in New York may go to court over her refusal to sign marriage licences for gay couples. Rose Marie Belforti, the town clerk for Ledyard, says God does not want her to condone same-sex relationships.

  • 29th September 2011

    Religious groups say gay marriage ban blocks faith freedom 65

    Faith groups want the right to hold gay weddings

    10:45 AM — Scottish religious leaders have warned that banning faiths from holding gay weddings will compromise religious freedom. Representatives from the Unitarians, Liberal Jews, Quakers, the Metropolitan Community Church and the Pagan Federation held a conference in Edinbugh yesterday to back calls for marriage equality.

  • 28th September 2011

    Scottish faith groups call for gay marriage 130

    Scotland is considering allowing gay couples to marry

    10:04 AM — A coalition of faith groups has announced its support for introducing gay marriage in Scotland. The group does not include the Church of Scotland or the Scottish Catholic Church.

  • 26th September 2011

    Gay Church of Scotland minister backs same-sex marriage 17

    Scott Rennie backs gay marriages

    2:45 PM — An openly gay minister in the Church of Scotland has backed calls for marriage equality. The Rev Scott Rennie, whose 2009 appointment threatened to split the church, said the change should be "celebrated".

  • Christian street preacher told gay couple to ‘burn in hell’

    Michael Overd denies shouting abuse at the couple

    10:42 AM — A Christian street preacher has appeared in court charged with verbally abusing a gay couple. Michael Overd, 47, from Creech St Michael in Somerset, allegedly told the men that they were "evil" and would "burn in hell".

  • 22nd September 2011

    Pope faces hostility from gay groups in Germany 38

    The Pope is visiting Germany

    3:30 PM — Pope Benedict's first official visit to his homeland of Germany is expected to meet strong opposition today from up to 20,000 people, including gay rights campaigners, feminists, atheists and church abuse survivors.

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