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  • 12th January 2011

    Arizona prevents anti-gay church picketing killed 9-year-old’s funeral 34

    Children from the church at another picket

    3:58 PM — The US state of Arizona has quickly pushed through legislation to ban the picketing of funerals. The Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church had planned to picket the funeral of a nine-year-old girl to gain publicity but now says it will not disrupt the event in exchange for air time on radio stations.

  • Peter Tatchell: Don’t criminalise homophobic Christians 181

    Peter Tatchell says freedom of speech must be preserved

    1:21 PM — Where do we draw the line between religious freedom and free speech on the one hand, and public order and the protection of minorities on the other hand? Should people of faith have the right to express views that others find offensive and bigoted?

  • 11th January 2011

    Gay Soho priest sacked after propositioning gay men 76

    Mr Gilmore was barred from working as a priest for two years

    10:33 AM — A gay priest has been sacked for "inappropriate" conduct after he sexually propositioned a gay couple who were staying with him. The Rev David Gilmore, rector of St Anne's Anglican Church in Soho, was barred from working as a priest for two years.

  • 10th January 2011

    Elton’s son’s welfare is at risk, former bishop claims 44

    The Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali suggested that Elton's baby could be damaged by having two fathers

    11:07 AM — The former Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, has claimed that Elton John and David Furnish's new baby psychological welfare is at risk. The cleric said he was concerned that baby Zachary had been born by surrogate mother to two fathers and suggested that John was too old to be a dad at the age of 64.

  • 6th January 2011

    Lesbian priests wed in Massachusetts 9

    The couple married on New Year's Day

    5:32 PM — Two high-level female Episcopal priests married in Massachusetts on New Year's Day. The wedding of Rev Mally Lloyd and Rev Katherine Ragsdale is thought to be a first for the US.

  • 23rd December 2010

    BBC under fire for inviting Pope to present Christmas edition of ‘Thought for the Day’ 26

    The Pope has recorded a Christmas Eve message for the UK

    12:58 PM — The Pope has recorded a special Christmas message for Britain following his visit to the country earlier this year. He will appear on Radio 4's Thought for the Day on Christmas Eve.

  • 21st December 2010

    Preacher wins £7,000 after being wrongly arrested for homophobia 75

    The preacher won £7,000 in damages

    1:51 PM — A Christian street preacher detained by police for being homophobic has won £7,000 in damages for wrongful arrest. Dale McAlpine, 42, was arrested in Cumbria in April last year after he told a community support officer that homosexuality was a “sin”.

  • 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.

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