5th February 2010
Pope to include Scotland in UK visit 38
6:39 PM — Pope Benedict XVI said today he would also be visiting Scotland when he comes to the UK later this year. He made the announcement to Scottish bishops visiting the Vatican.
Harriet Harman confirms climbdown over gay church employees 28
1:01 PM — Equality minister Harriet Harman yesterday confirmed that the government will not attempt to force through clarifications on who churches must employ.
4th February 2010
Gay bishop Pat Buckley to have a civil partnership 51
6:43 PM — Northern Ireland Bishop Pat Buckley has announced he will wed his boyfriend in a civil partnership ceremony next week.
Obama denounces Ugandan anti-gay law at prayer breakfast 21
5:11 PM — US President Barack Obama described a proposed Ugandan law against homosexuality as "odious" at the National Prayer Breakfast today.
3rd February 2010
7,000 sign protest against Pope’s visit 38
1:17 PM — More than 7,000 people have signed a petition against the Pope's state-funded visit to the UK. The petition was set up two days ago by the National Secular Society, which estimates the Pontiff's four-day visit in September will cost the UK £20 million.
Harriet Harman will not continue fight over gay church staff 117
11:58 AM — Equality minister Harriet Harman has backed down over an amendment on who churches can employ. She is thought to have made the climbdown to avoid a continuing dispute with church leaders in the face of the Pope's visit in September.
1st February 2010
Pope Benedict XVI criticises gay rights in Equality Bill 76
6:37 PM — Pope Benedict XVI criticised the Equality Bill on Monday for violating "natural law". He was thought to be referring to provisions in the bill which would have forced churches to employ gay staff. These were defeated by the House of Lords last week.
National Secular Society plans protest for Pope’s UK visit 30
4:02 PM — The National Secular Society has announced a " large-scale campaign" to protest against Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Britain in September. The pontiff has attacked gay rights on a number of occasions.
28th January 2010
Students protest after US campus newspaper apologises for anti-gay cartoon 9
12:46 PM — More than 100 students and staff members protested at an Indiana university yesterday to call for policies against discrimination. The protest followed an apology from the student newspaper for an anti-gay cartoon.
27th January 2010
Ted Haggard ‘cured’ of gay urges, wife claims 63
6:00 PM — The wife of disgraced US pastor Ted Haggard says counselling has successfully freed him of his gay urges and made their marriage "better than ever".
26th January 2010
Government defeated in 3 votes over the ability of churches to deny jobs to gay people 52
12:31 AM — The Government tonight lost three votes in the House of Lords over legislation that would have restricted the ability of churches to deny jobs to LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgenered) people.
25th January 2010
Ugandan anti-pastor shows press conference gay porn 23
6:58 PM — Ugandan pastor Martin Ssempa showed a press conference graphic gay porn last week in an effort to argue why the country's anti-homosexuality bill is necessary.
Senior bishops call on Lords to retain gay employment exemptions 40
3:00 PM — A statement from three senior bishops calls on peers today to retain and even widen religious exemptions on employing gay people. It says churches will be sued under legislation in he Equality Bill
Ann Widdecombe says gay laws threaten Christian freedom of speech 51
12:20 PM — Ann Widdecombe, MP for Maidstone and the Weald, warned a Bournemouth church on Saturday that new equality laws could see Christians being sued.
22nd January 2010
Culture chief receiving hate mail over gay Bible exhibition 25
6:36 PM — The head of Glasgow’s museums and art has described receiving harassment and hate mail after an exhibition on homosexuality and the Bible.
21st January 2010
Video urging action against gay employment rights to be shown in churches 113
12:14 PM — A video urging Christians to take action against the Equality Bill is to be shown in churches this weekend. Christian Concern for Our Nation warns that under the bill, churches will be sued for not employing "practising homosexuals".
19th January 2010
Honour and secrecy for families of gay Muslims 26
5:25 PM — Last week, a charity warned it was seeing an increase in the numbers of young gay Muslims fleeing violent homes. But one gay Muslim writer warns that emotional manipulation from families and the pressures of social standing can also be devastating.
18th January 2010
Church to vote on financial benefits for gay partners of clergy 12
12:02 PM — The Church of England will vote next month on whether to give more benefits to the civil partners of gay clergy. The General Synod will consider the idea of giving equal pension benefits to both straight and gay surviving spouses.
11th January 2010
Religious civil partnerships amendment tabled in Lords 68
4:59 PM — An amendment to the Equality Bill which would allow civil partnerships to be held in church was tabled in the House of Lords today.
Homeless charity warns of increase in gay Muslims fleeing family violence 13
3:12 PM — The Albert Kennedy Trust, a charity which helps homeless LGBT young people, has said it is seeing an increase in the numbers of gay Muslims fleeing from forced marriages and family violence.