15th December 2009
Updated: Christian registrar Lillian Ladele loses appeal 254
10:47 AM — An Islington registrar who refused to carry out civil partnerships for gay couples has lost her appeal. The Court of Appeal ruled today that Lillian Ladele had not been discriminated against.
14th December 2009
Archbishop of Canterbury makes first public statement on Uganda’s anti-gay law 28
11:49 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has made his first public statement on the proposed anti-gay bill passing through Uganda's parliament.
11th December 2009
Call for Archbishop of Canterbury to retract statements on lesbian bishop 20
6:39 PM — Liberal Anglicans are calling for Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams to retract comments he made on the selection of a US lesbian bishop. They are demanding he speaks out about Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill instead.
Anti-gay preacher Rick Warren finally speaks out on Uganda law 24
1:06 PM — Controversial US pastor Rick Warren has finally released a statement criticising Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill. Warren had been slow to condemn the drastic law and some critics had suggested he supported and even sponsored it.
10th December 2009
Nearly half of New Jersey Catholics support gay marriage 49
8:05 PM — A poll of Catholic voters in the US state of New Jersey has shown that just under half are in favour of gay marriage. The lowest levels of support were found among evangelical Christians.
9th December 2009
US lesbian bishop-elect ‘hurt’ by claims she is divisive 18
6:56 PM — Rev Mary Glasspool, the lesbian Los Angeles assistant bishop who was elected last weekend, has said she is upset by claims that she is dividing the Anglican church.
7th December 2009
Archbishop of Canterbury criticises lesbian bishop’s appointment 40
10:36 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has criticised the election of a lesbian assistant bishop in Los Angeles, saying it was a threat to the cohesion of the Anglican Church.
4th December 2009
Archbishop of Canterbury in ‘intensive and private’ talks over Uganda’s gay law 49
1:15 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams is said to be in "private" discussions with the Ugandan Anglican Church over the country's proposed anti-homosexuality laws.
Voting opens for Los Angeles gay assistant bishop candidates 6
11:42 AM — Voting opens today for the next Los Angeles assistant bishop and two of the six candidates are openly gay. The Rev John L Kirkley of San Francisco and the Rev Mary Douglas Glasspool of Maryland are both in committed same-sex relationships.
3rd December 2009
Vatican distances itself from cardinal’s homophobic comments 61
11:27 AM — The Vatican has issued an indirect rebuke to a Catholic cardinal who said gays and trans people could not enter heaven. Javier Lozano Barragan, a leading Catholic cardinal, said gay people are not born that way and were "an insult to God".
2nd December 2009
Catholic cardinal says gays are barred from heaven 94
7:34 PM — Javier Lozano Barragan, a leading Catholic cardinal, has said that gay and trans people "will never enter the kingdom of heaven". The cardinal cited Saint Paul's epistle to the Romans, which he claimed said men should not sleep with other men.
California man campaigns to ban divorce to protect marriage 10
2:51 PM — A California man is leading a campaign to ban divorce in the state. John Marcotte, of Sacramento, believes that if state voters think gay marriage should be illegal, divorce should also be outlawed.
30th November 2009
Christian relationship counsellor loses appeal over gay couples 19
1:14 PM — A Christian relationship counsellor who refused to work with gay couples has lost his appeal for unfair dismissal. Gary McFarlane was sacked by Relate last year after saying he would not "encourage sin" in gay and lesbian couples.
26th November 2009
United Reform Church first to speak out on Uganda’s anti-gay bill 18
1:42 PM — The United Reform Church has become the first major Christian denomination in the UK to criticise Uganda's proposed anti-homosexuality bill. The church said it was "appalled" at the legislation.
23rd November 2009
Church leaders in Liverpool release ‘groundbreaking’ condemnation of homophobia 48
12:27 PM — Leaders of the six main Christian churches in Liverpool have released a joint statement condemning homophobia in the city. Local councillor Steve Radford said it was a "real breakthrough".
22nd November 2009
Exemptions allowing churches to refuse to employ gays to be scrapped following pressure from EU 60
5:37 PM — The European Commission is putting pressure on the British government to drop the exemptions from equality legislation by religious organisations who currently have the right to refuse to employ LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) staff.
19th November 2009
Gay unions threaten ‘fabric of society’, bishops say 92
11:42 AM — A pastoral letter agreed at the US Conference of Catholic Bishops warns about the dangers of same-sex marriage and partnerships, saying they will affect everyone.
18th November 2009
Gay priests ‘no more likely to abuse children than heterosexuals’ 19
4:35 PM — A study commissioned by the US Roman Catholic Church has found no evidence that gay priests are more likely to sexually abuse children than heterosexual clergy.
Scottish presbytery ‘broke gay moratorium’ by accepting gay man for training 4
3:56 PM — A Church of Scotland court has upheld a complaint that a presbytery broke the moratorium on gay clergy by nominating a gay man for training as a minister. It said no new gay candidates would be taken on.
Exclusive: Stonewall to fight for civil partnerships to be held in churches 63
1:17 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall said last night it will seek to add an amendment to the Equality Bill to allow religious buildings such as churches to hold civil partnership ceremonies.