18th March 2010
Gay protection loophole allowed Catholic adoption appeal 12
3:01 PM — The Catholic adoption agency which won a legal victory over gay couples won its case through a loophole designed to protect gay organisations.
Final approval for second gay bishop Mary Glasspool 5
12:01 PM — The US Episcopal Church has given its final approval to the appointment of a lesbian as assistant bishop of Los Angeles. The Rev Mary Glasspool, 57, was selected in December but her appointment provoked anger from conservatives.
17th March 2010
Children rejected from US Catholic school for having lesbian parents 16
6:11 PM — A Catholic school in Colorado, US, has barred two children from re-enrolling because their parents are lesbians.
Catholic adoption agency wins right to appeal gay parents case 85
12:44 PM — Updated The last Catholic adoption agency to refuse to serve gay couples has won its High Court appeal. Terry Sanderson, president of the National Secular Society, warned that the decision could reverse other gay rights rulings.
16th March 2010
Irish Catholic bishops say civil partnerships bill will ‘undermine’ marriage 27
4:29 PM — Bishops in the Catholic Church of Ireland have attacked a civil partnerships bill for "undermining" marriage. They said that gay relationships could never be equal to heterosexual marriage.
Pope confirms details of UK visit 92
3:24 PM — Pope Benedict XVI has confirmed the details of his UK visit this September, which will include beatifying a man who was rumoured to be gay.
12th March 2010
Anti-abortion campaigner arrested over ‘death threats’ to Elton John 20
3:23 PM — An American anti-abortion campaigner has been arrested for allegedly making threats on Elton John's life. Neal Horsley, who is notorious for producing a website listing the names, addresses and photos of abortion doctors, was arrested on Wednesday in Atlanta, Georgia.
US lesbian bishop receives votes for confirmation 14
2:55 PM — The assistant bishop-elect of Los Angeles, Mary Glasspool, has cleared an important hurdle in the confirmation process.
11th March 2010
Chief exorcist says the Devil is working in the Vatican 51
12:45 PM — The Catholic Church's chief exorcist has said that the Devil is at work in the Vatican. Father Gabriele Amorth, 85, says that in the Vatican, there are "cardinals who do not believe in Jesus, and bishops who are linked to the Demon".
9th March 2010
Priest sorry for ‘Adam and Steve’ joke 43
3:53 PM — A Catholic priest has apologised after joking that marriage is not for "Adam and Steve" in a sermon. Reverend Frank Wainwright, 48, a deacon at St Gregory's Church in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, made the quip at a Sunday service when discussing commitment.
Christian registrar Lillian Ladele refused leave to appeal to Supreme Court 46
12:15 PM — A Christian registrar who was disciplined because she would not officiate civil partnerships has been refused permission to appeal to the Supreme Court.
8th March 2010
Bishop of Liverpool ‘in sympathy’ with religious civil partnerships 7
6:14 PM — The evangelical Bishop of Liverpool James Jones has said that sexual orientation is not a choice and that he is "in sympathy" with religious civil partnerships.
Lord Alli attacks bishops for ‘misleading public’ over religious civil partnerships 15
11:37 AM — Out gay peer Lord Waheed Alli has accused bishops of misleading church leaders and the public over plans to allow gay couples to have their civil partnerships in church.
5th March 2010
Anti-gay group wants killer whale stoned to death 47
12:07 PM — An anti-gay religious group is calling for a killer whale which drowned its trainer to be stoned to death. According to the American Family Association, the Bible says that captive killer whale Tillikum should have been put to death in 1991 after the first time he killed a trainer.
Gay sex scandal at the Vatican 57
11:39 AM — The Vatican has been hit by a gay sex scandal after allegations that a chorister had procured male prostitutes for a papal gentleman-in-waiting. The chorister, 29-year-old Thomas Chinedu Ehiem, was sacked after police heard him talking on a wiretap to Angelo Balducci, a Gentleman of His Holiness.
3rd March 2010
‘Conscientious objection’ amendments to gay rights withdrawn 28
12:59 PM — Two amendments to the Equality Bill giving the right to "conscientious objections" to gay equality measures were withdrawn in the House of Lords last night.
Lords back religious civil partnerships for gay couples 49
9:22 AM — The House of Lords has approved an amendment to the Equality Bill giving gay couples the right to have civil partnerships in church. The measure, proposed by out gay peer Lord Waheed Alli, was passed 95 votes to 21, a majority of 74. A free vote was allowed.
2nd March 2010
Anti-Pope campaigners to deliver petition to Downing Street 14
2:31 PM — The National Secular Society is to deliver a 28,000-signature petition to Downing Street in protest at the Pope's UK visit. The online petition was set up by the organisation to complain over the estimated £20 million cost of the visit to taxpayers.
1st March 2010
Video: Dutch protest after gays are denied communion 16
5:12 PM — Gay rights activists in the Netherlands staged a protest yesterday over a Catholic church's policy of denying gay people communion.
Last Catholic adoption agency to resist gay equality legislation 21
12:08 PM — The last Catholic adoption agency in the UK will take its case to the High Court this week to fight equality legislation forcing it to accept gay couples.