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  • 20th December 2010

    Australian Catholics told to lobby MPs against gay marriage 14

    A motion was recently passed to question votes on gay marriage

    11:05 AM — Sydney Archdiocese says arguments should be based on the "natural order", amid a growing movement to alter the law.

  • 14th December 2010

    Gay ban hotel couple ‘may have to close business’ 91

    The couple say they may have to close their hotel

    5:19 PM — The Christian couple at the centre of a court case around gay rights and religious freedom say they may have to close their hotel if barred from discriminating against gay couples.

  • 13th December 2010

    Gay ban hotel owners to claim they were set up 51

    The hotel owners say they do not allow any unmarried couples to share rooms

    1:04 PM — A Christian couple who are being sued for banning gay couples from sharing rooms at their Cornwall hotel are expected to claim they were set up by Stonewall. Peter and Hazelmary Bull, who own the Chymorvah Private Hotel in Cornwall, are being sued for discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.

  • 10th December 2010

    Christian writer’s pilgrimage to ‘repent’ of homophobia 61

    Symon Hill's pilgrimage begins next June

    2:28 PM — A Christian writer plans to go on a three-week pilgrimage to "repent" of his past homophobia. Symon Hill, the associate director of the pro-gay Ekklesia thinktank, says he will walk from Birmingham to London and speak at churches along the way to encourage Christians to rethink their views on homosexuality.

  • Anti-gay Christian preacher wins £4,000 compensation for arrest 52

    Anthony Rollins won damages for his arrest

    11:54 AM — A Christian street preacher who raged against the "effeminate" and said gays would go to hell has won £4,000 in damages for being arrested.

  • 9th December 2010

    Gay Jewish group celebrates Chanukah festival 4

    Gay Jews in London held a toga party to celebrate Chanukah

    5:18 PM — Saturday night saw the celebration of the Jewish festival of Chanukah by London's largest gay men's Jewish group, Gay Jews in London.

  • 8th December 2010

    Jesse Jackson calls for gay marriage equality 22

    Rev Jackson said gays and lesbians were "America's newest second-class citizens".

    11:51 AM — The Rev Jesse Jackson has called for California's ban on gay marriage to be struck down. The Baptist minister and civil rights activist spoke at a gathering outside the San Francisco appeals court where the latest hearings on the ban are taking place.

  • 2nd December 2010

    Christian group campaigns to have anti-gay app reinstated 57

    Christian campaigners want the app reinstated

    5:03 PM — A anti-gay Christian group is campaigning to have an iPhone app against gay marriage reinstated. Apple removed the Manhattan Declaration app from its iTunes store last week after media attention but the Christian group is calling for supporters to sign a petition to have it returned to the site.

  • 24th November 2010

    Archbishop asks Anglicans to keep unity over gay bishops 11

    The Archbishop of Canterbury is calling for unity

    11:15 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has asked Anglicans worldwide to pledge to maintain unity over gay bishops and same-sex marriage.

  • Vatican says everyone can use condoms to prevent HIV 22

    The Pope says condom use to prevent HIV is a "first step" towards responsibility

    10:17 AM — After the Pope said last week that gay male prostitutes may use condoms to prevent HIV, the Vatican now says the u-turn applies to heterosexuals and trans people.

  • 22nd November 2010

    German theologian says Catholic Church homophobia ’caused by gay priests’ 12

    Many Catholic priests are gay, Mr Berger claimed.

    5:59 PM — A German theologian claims that homophobia in the Catholic Church is caused by gay priests who cannot be open about their sexuality. David Berger, an expert on St Thomas Aquinas and former publisher of a Catholic magazine, told a German publication that the Vatican needs to admit it has many gay clergy.

  • Islamic schools ‘teaching pupils that gays should be executed’ 64

    There are said to be 5,000 pupils in the schools

    10:23 AM — Around 5,000 children at Islamic weekend schools are being taught homophobic and anti-semitic views, it has been claimed. According to a BBC Panorama investigation to be screened tonight, the Sharia law classes use textbooks which tell children that the penalty for gay sex is execution, that "Zionists" are plotting to take over the world for the Jews and the correct way to cut off the hands and feet of convicted thieves.

  • 21st November 2010

    Pope says male prostitutes could use condoms as first step in their ‘moralisation’ 27

    A mock-up of a Pope sponsored condom

    5:05 PM — Sexual health charities, politicians and gay rights campaigners have welcomed what appears to be a relaxation in Pope Benedict XVI's opposition to the use of condoms. In an interview for a book that is due to be published this week, the Pontiff argued that in some cases, the use of condoms can be the first step in the direction of "moralisation" of an individual.

  • 20th November 2010

    Gene Robinson: Archbishop of Canterbury ‘abducted by aliens’ over homosexuality 29

    Gene Robinson will retire early

    5:26 PM — The Bishop of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson, the first openly gay man to be ordained as a bishop has used his first interview since announcing his retirement to criticse the Archbishop of Canterbury. In a wide ranging interview with The Times, Bishop Robinson says Rowan Williams acts as if he was abducted by aliens and replaced with someone with a completely contrary view on homosexuality.

  • 9th November 2010

    Five Anglican bishops convert to Catholicism over gay bishops and female clergy 31

    The Vatican invited unhappy Anglicans to join Catholicism

    1:59 PM — Five Church of England bishops have announced they are converting to Catholicism over the row about female clergy and gay bishops. The Vatican recently invited dissatisfied Anglicans to convert.

  • 8th November 2010

    ‘Gay’ Lebanese man refused Australian visa 6

    The man was denied a protection visa because authorities did not think he was gay

    5:22 PM — A Lebanese Muslim man was refused a protection visa in Australia because authorities did not believe he was gay. The man, who cannot be named, says he is gay but became engaged to an Australian woman to escape his abusive father.

  • Hundreds stage gay kiss-in as Pope visits Spain 16

    The Pope was greeted by protesters staging a gay kiss-in

    1:18 PM — Gays and lesbians staged a kiss-in protest during the Pope's visit to Spain as the Pontiff defended "traditional" relationships. The protest, said by reports to include 100-200 people, took place as he was driven through Barcelona yester

  • First out gay bishop Gene Robinson to retire early 5

    Gene Robinson will retire early

    12:14 PM — The openly gay Bishop of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson, has announced he will retire early. Rev Robinson will be 65 when he retires in 2013, seven years before the usual retirement age for bishops.

  • 4th November 2010

    Bishop of Wakefield says church must listen to gay people 20

    The Bishop of Wakefield said that the church must listen to gay people

    5:01 PM — The Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Revd Stephen Platten, says that the Church of England must listen to gay people inside and outside the church. Writing after attending a gay group's meeting, he said he felt "shamed" because he had not listened to gay people.

  • Head of Belgian Catholic church says AIDS is ‘justice’ for gays 86

    The Catholic Church says homosexuality is "intrinsically disordered".

    11:20 AM — The head of the Catholic Church in Belgium has said that AIDS is "intrinsic justice" for homosexuality. Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard also said that elderly priests found to have sexually abused children should not be punished.

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