16th July 2009
US Episcopal church begins drafting prayer for gay couples 6
10:13 AM — Episcopal bishops have given permission for an official prayer for gay couples to be drafted. The news follows a vote of the church this week to reject a moratorium on the consecrations of gay bishops in committed partnerships.
15th July 2009
Comment: Catholic inconsistency over epidemics 12
2:21 PM — Last month, the Diocese of Plymouth sent letters to its priests advising them to stop offering wine at communion in a bid to help fight the swine flu epidemic. But what of its treatment of the rather more serious epidemic of HIV/AIDS?
14th July 2009
Video: US protestors stage ‘kiss-in’ outside Mormon temple 16
5:55 PM — Around 100 gay and heterosexual couples held a 'kiss-in' outside a Mormon temple in Salt Lake City to protest over a couple who were stopped by security guards for embracing on its property.
US bishops vote to overturn moratorium on gay clergy 12
11:37 AM — Anglican bishops in the US have voted to reject a three-year moratorium on the consecration of gay clergy. The result follows of a vote of clergy and laity on Sunday, which also voted against the moratorium.
13th July 2009
Senior Scottish clergyman says gays should be able to marry in churches 14
5:26 PM — A senior cleric has said that gays should be able to get married in church. The Very Reverend Kelvin Holdsworth said civil partnerships were not equal to marriage and that gay couples should be able to walk down the aisle together.
Archbishop of Canterbury expresses ‘regret’ over move to ordain gay bishops 29
3:47 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has spoken of his regret over a vote which called to reject a moratorium on gay bishops.
Muslim academic claims homosexuality can be compatible with Islam 32
10:54 AM — A leading Muslim academic has said there is evidence in the Koran that homosexuality can be compatible with Islam. Dr Amanullah De Sondy, 29, said that despite the evidence, conservative Muslims will not accept homosexuality as they are "deeply homophobic".
10th July 2009
Christian arts festival is ‘too gay’ 34
2:43 PM — A Christian arts and music festival has been attacked for being too gay by a conservative Anglican pressure group.
8th July 2009
Catholic adoption agency allowed to appeal over gay parents 9
11:24 AM — The Charity Tribunal has given permission for a Catholic adoption agency to appeal against a ruling which said it could not discriminate against gay couples.
6th July 2009
Queen sends message of support to homophobic church movement 124
4:27 PM — The Queen has extended her support to a church movement which denounces homosexuality. The monarch sent two letters of support to the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, which fights against the preaching of "false gospels" of homosexuality and other "immoral" sexual behaviour.
5th July 2009
Senior Church of England Bishop says gays must “repent and be changed” 313
3:42 AM — While just over a million people turned out in London for gay pride, Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, the Bishop of Rochester called on gay people to "repent and be changed" saying the Church of England must not be "rolled over by culture." Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell called on the Bishop to "repent his homophobia."
3rd July 2009
Gay charities condemn ‘weak-minded’ decision to change teachers’ code on gay issues 10
5:46 PM — Two gay charities have attacked the General Teaching Council for England (GTC) for rewording a teachers' code of conduct after faith groups complained they would have to "promote" homosexuality.
30th June 2009
Gay minister receives standing ovation at last service 5
2:23 PM — Scott Rennie, the gay minister whose appointment almost caused a schism in the Church of Scotland, enjoyed a standing ovation at his last service at Brechin Cathedral.
29th June 2009
Gay teen exorcism shows “medieval mindset” of ‘ex-gay’ ministries 27
10:29 AM — A group that works to counter religious groups who promote the "ex-gay" movement has spoken out after a video of a child being "exorcised" of gay demons appeared on the internet.
26th June 2009
Video: Gay “exorcism” performed on teenage boy 88
2:19 PM — A video has been posted on YouTube showing horrific abuse of a teenage boy by religious fundamentalists.
25th June 2009
Jerusalem ready for a peaceful Pride event 4
1:45 PM — More than two thousand people are expected to take part in a Pride march in Jerusalem today. In previous years the event has been marred by violence, threats of violence and the disapproval of some devout Jews.
24th June 2009
Catholic agency to cease new adoptions over gay parents 16
4:54 PM — The Catholic Children's Society has announced it will stop placing children with adoptive parents due to new legislation which requires it to cease discriminating against gay couples.
23rd June 2009
Gay Mormons seek ‘reconciliation’ and an ‘apology’ from church leaders 10
1:33 PM — A website launched by current and former Mormons has petitioned leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to show “understanding” and “forgiveness” towards the gay and lesbian community.
22nd June 2009
Northern Ireland pastor calls homosexuality ‘an abomination’ 44
5:39 PM — The pastor of a Northern Ireland church has attacked homosexuality, saying it is associated with shortened lifespans and mental health problems and that people should change themselves.
Florida synagogue to offer ‘covenant of love’ ceremonies to gay couples 7
3:11 PM — The Temple Sholom synagogue in Pompano Beach, Florida, has placed adverts in a local Jewish newspaper offering 'Jewish Covenant of Love” ceremonies to gay couples.