30th June 2006
Conservative Episcopal bishops leaving over gay row
12:00 AM — Three US dioceses have requested their own removal from the rule of the Episcopal Church's new leader.Conservative bishops from San Joaquin, California, South Carolina and Pittsburgh expressed dismay at the "painful complication" created at the denomination's general convention when the church called for "restraint" in the ordination of gay clergy and appointed Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, a supporter of gay rights, as its first female head.
29th June 2006
Evangelical Alliance: ‘Gays are not superior sinners’ 6
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe relationship between religion and homosexuality has become strained recently, barely a week passes without the Pope criticising gay marriages or the Anglican Church imploding over gay bishops, but Joel Edwards, head of the Evangelical Alliance, tells PinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman it's time for positive dialogue. "Why is anything which is not from the gay position defined as homophobic," asks Joel Edwards, general director of the Evangelical Alliance, a Christian charity and lobby group in its 160th year of using a commitment to Christ and the Bible to engage with society.
27th June 2006
Archbishop poses gay row solution
12:00 AM — The Anglican Communion's gay row could be resolved by creating two levels of church. the Archbishop of Canterbury suggested today.Dr Rowan Williams proposed provinces whereby those happy to sign up to a formal covenant would be "constituents" and those who held different views would become "associated."
23rd June 2006
Anglican gay row reignited 7
12:00 AM — Rows seem to be re-emerging within the Anglican communion just days after the Episcopal Church refused to ban gay clergy at its general convention.The US Episcopal Church agreed on a watered down version of a proposal last week which would have banned the appointment of gay clergy.
22nd June 2006
Episcopal Church to “exercise restraint” over gay bishops 8
12:00 AM — The US Episcopal Church has agreed on a watered down version of a proposal rejected yesterday which would have banned the appointment of gay clergy.The denomination's General Convention instead last night agreed to "exercise restraint" in ordaining gay bishops, as part of an effort to amend rifts within the Anglican Church.
21st June 2006
Church rejects gay clergy ban 7
12:00 AM — The Episcopal Church controversially rejected a resolution calling for a ban on gay clergy last night.Resolution A161 would have urged bishops and dioceses to refrain from electing bishops "whose manner of life presents a wider challenge to the wider church."
Protestant Church approves sexually active gay clergy
12:00 AM — A US Protestant denomination has approved a resolution allowing the ordination of non celibate gay and lesbian clergy.The Presbyterian Church's General Assembly in Birmingham, Alabama, this week welcomed a report on Peace, Unity and Purity of the Church, which addressed the divides in Protestant groups over sexuality.
20th June 2006
Episcopal Church leader: Homosexuality not sinful 10
12:00 AM — The first female leader of the US Episcopal Church has defended homosexuality after announcing her belief that it is not a sin.Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, 52, elected this week as the head of the 2.3 million member church, told reporters that she felt homosexuals were created by God to love people of the same sex.
Church accepts apology for gay bishop tensions 7
12:00 AM — The Episcopal Church has approved an apology from the American Anglican Church for the actions of the General Convention of 2003 when tension was created due to the appointment of gay bishop Gene Robinson.The House of Deputies welcomed an expression of regret for "straining the bonds of affection" within the Anglican Communion at the denomination's General Convention.
16th June 2006
Indianapolis church starts pro-gay campaign
12:00 AM — First there were full-page ads in the Indianapolis Star asking, "Would Jesus Discriminate?"Then yard signs with the same message began appearing all over Indianapolis, followed by 25,000 door hangers were distributed with invitations to a Town Hall Meeting, one of which led to a lesbian's Indianapolis home being defaced with a swastika.Now major billboards across the city are also asking the question, "Would Jesus Discriminate?"
Rabbi arranges “modesty” parade against Jerusalem Gay Pride 23
12:00 AM — An orthodox rabbi in Israel is arranging a "modesty parade" to counter Jerusalem's World Pride event this summer.Rabbi Amnon Yitzhak has arranged the event for two days before the gay parade on August 11 2006, organised by Shofar, an orthodox group promoting a "return to religion."
Muslim cleric backs gay burnings 5
12:00 AM — Homosexuals should be thrown off buildings or burnt to death, a Muslim cleric has proclaimed.Yusuf Qaradawi described gay people as "perverts" who should be "punished," in an interview with Al Jazeera last week.He said homosexuals should be treated the same as any other "sexual pervert."
15th June 2006
Gay bishop addresses hostile church conference 7
12:00 AM — Attention was turned to homosexuality at the General Convention of the Episcopal Church yesterday as delegates considered resolutions on the election of gay bishops, same sex blessings and an apology for the appointment of gay clergy.Comments made by over 70 speakers at the Standing Committee showed how much of a rift the issue has caused since the appointment of gay bishop Gene Robinson in 2003.
13th June 2006
Florida gay church publicises gay marriage support
12:00 AM — The Christ Church of Peace, a non-denominational Christian congregation in Jacksonville, has launched "Know Thy Neighbour Florida," an outreach ministry directed at Floridians who believe in equal marriage rights.The church will include on their site the names of those who signed the petition in favour of the Florida Marriage Protection Amendment.
Episcopal conference dominated by gay row 7
12:00 AM — Bishops, priests and laymen from over 100 dioceses will gather in Ohio this week to decide on policy regarding governance and worship, with homosexuality remaining a top issue amid reports that ministers plan to apologise for the appointment of openly gay New Hampshire bishop Gene Robinson.The Episcopal Church's 75th General Convention, which starts today, is scheduled to debate "Human rights for homosexual persons."
12th June 2006
Archbishop warns against gay marriage definitions 1
12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has called Britain's marriage laws a "social muddle" in regards to civil partnerships and a recent Law Commission report pushing for unmarried couple's legal rights.Dr Rowan Williams said civil partnerships were being too closely associated with marriage and are contributing to an erosion of the institution.
Gay community made “scapegoats” for Anglican Church
12:00 AM — The gay community is being made a "scapegoat" for the problems in the Anglican Church, an Irish bishop claims.The Right Reverend Paul Colton, Bishop of Cork, told a meeting of the diocesan synod of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, last weekend, that rows over homosexuality are covering up a "constitutional crisis" which is hurting the inclusiveness of the Anglican Church.
9th June 2006
Church rejects civil unions but vows to stop homophobia
12:00 AM — The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has rejected calls to allow ministers to bless civil partnerships.A resolution at the Church's General Assembly in Belfast asked for a re-emphasis of the church's view on marriage while another seeked moves to address homophobia.
Vatican questions transsexual priorities
12:00 AM — The Vatican has criticised the government of Tuscany for allowing free sex change operations for transsexuals.The Roman catholic Church's newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, called the Italian region's law "incredible."It said, "Faced with problems that afflict health care in Tuscany, waiting lists for operations, insufficient funds for chemotherapy and inadequate numbers of medical staff, perhaps it would have been better not to give precedence to hormonal treatment for sex changes," Reuters news agency reported.
7th June 2006
Vatican acting like ‘dictators’ 3
12:00 AM — The Vatican's comments on the rights of gay people are beginning to sound like the kind of propaganda used by the worst dictators, a gay group claims.The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) described recent remarks as defamatory and authoritarian.