31st August 2010
Australian same-sex adoption bill debate heats up 7
11:28 AM — Approximately 200 people were present in Sydney's New South Wales (NSW) Parliament House earlier today for a Council of Churches meeting and a public protest against the same-sex adoption bill.
Peter Tatchell receives standing ovation at Christian festival 40
10:25 AM — Gay rights and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell received a standing ovation for his speech at the Greenbelt festival this weekend.
27th August 2010
South London newspaper News Shopper rewards anti-gay letter with a prize 78
2:05 PM — News Shopper, a south London newspaper, has awarded one of their readers with a prize for an anti-gay missive, which was published as their "Star Letter".
Gay discrimination ordinance is withdrawn in Tennessee at request of LGBT rights group 5
11:34 AM — A controversial Employment Non-Discrimination Ordinance (ENDO) created to protect LGBT people from discrimination when applying for jobs with the city council of Memphis, Tennessee, has been withdrawn - at the request of a local gay rights group.
26th August 2010
Polish gay rights group angered over ‘homophobic’ textbook 9
1:31 PM — A Polish gay rights group has requested their country's government withdraw a textbook used in secondary schools that they claim portrays homosexuality as an illness.
Anglican campaigner fails in call for boycott of Christian festival over Peter Tatchell’s appearance 18
11:18 AM — A boycott campaign which called on Christians to stay away from the Greenbelt Christian arts festival in protest their decision to invite gay and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell to speak, has apparently failed.
25th August 2010
Lobby groups in New South Wales react against gay adoption rights bill 3
12:04 PM — Lobby groups in the Australian state of New South Wales are reportedly coming out against the country's upcoming parliamentary debate and conscience vote on the rights of same-sex couples to adopt children.
24th August 2010
Lesbian minister to go before Presbyterian court for performing same-sex marriages 10
1:54 PM — A lesbian minister who officiated at a number of same-sex weddings during the period in which they were legal in California, is to go before a Presbyterian court this Thursday charged with going against her denomination's constitution.
Australian Sex Party does well at polls 6
12:33 PM — The Australian Sex Party, which calls for sex education in schools and is in favour of gay marriage, has performed well in the country's general election.
Faith school denies place to daughter of lesbian couple 19
10:20 AM — A private Christian school in Texas has refused admission to the daughter of a lesbian couple. The school say their reason for the refusal is that they base their enrollment policies on the "clear teaching of the Christian faith".
23rd August 2010
New American pro-gay Catholic group formed 12
5:12 PM — A group of American LGBT Catholics have created a new organisation to promote gay political causes and help bridge the gap between the traditional wing of the Church and the more progressive followers of the faith.
Anti-gay student loses legal appeal 56
3:51 PM — A federal judge has upheld the right of a university in the state of Georgia to enforce standards in its counselling graduate programmes after an anti-gay student sued the institution for insisting she comply with the rule that gay people be treated equally.
New US poll report finds changing attitudes to homosexuality 7
12:54 PM — According to new national research, Americans have become more accepting of homosexuality of the past 16 years, with over half of those polled saying they support civil unions.
Mexican gay rights activists and Catholic protestors clash 7
12:05 PM — In Mexico yesterday, gay rights activists and a group of Roman Catholics clashed during a demonstration over the issue of same-sex marriage which is currently legal only in the country's capital, Mexico City.
20th August 2010
Gay vicar won’t promise to remain celibate after civil partnership 19
1:34 PM — The Rev Colin Coward, director of the liberal Changing Attitude church group, plans to tie the knot with his fiance in a civil partnership in October.
19th August 2010
Catholic adoption agency barred from refusing gay couples 21
12:42 AM — A Catholic adoption agency has been barred by the Charity Commission from restricting its service to heterosexual couples. Catholic Care, in the diocese of Leeds, wanted to amend its charitable objectives to avoid equality legislation which requires it not to discriminate.
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".