22nd October 2009
Sweden allows gay couples to marry in church 17
11:08 AM — The Lutheran Church of Sweden has decided to allow gay couples to marry in church. Gay marriage became legal in the country on May 1st, allowing couples to wed in religious or civil ceremonies but not in church.
21st October 2009
Catholicism on trial: Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry attack church’s record on gay rights 163
5:48 PM — The Catholic Church is not a force for good in the world: that was the overwhelming verdict after a heated debate this week. Stephen Fry and author/journalist Christopher Hitchens opposed the motion, while Ann Widdecombe and Archbishop John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria, supported it.
Priest who claimed gays were paedophiles resigns 27
1:47 PM — Father John Owen, the priest who said earlier this year that gay men are the main perpetrators of paedophilia in the Catholic Church has resigned as a chaplain at Cardiff University.
14th October 2009
Catholic adoption charity to challenge gay ruling in the High Court 16
4:49 PM — Religious adoption agency Catholic Care is to argue its case for banning gay people from its services in the High Court early next year.
7th October 2009
Christian council worker sues after being sacked for homophobic email 57
3:02 PM — A Christian council worker who was sacked for sending a homophobic email is suing her former employers. Denise Haye, 25, worked at Lewisham Council’s legal services department.
1st October 2009
New Archbishop of Birmingham helped organise gay Masses 24
10:42 AM — The man tipped to be named as the new Archbishop of Birmingham today has played a strong part in reaching out to gay Catholics.
Catholic church sex abuse ’caused by homosexuals, not paedophiles’ 183
10:33 AM — A Vatican official has said that the child sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church was caused by gay men preying on teenage boys, rather than paedophilia.
29th September 2009
Exclusive: Man fired from Christian radio station for revealing he was gay 71
4:58 PM — A man who was fired after six years of volunteering at a Christian radio station lost his job because he admitted he was gay.
Comment: Reflections on Yom Kippur and homosexuality within Judaism 55
4:40 PM — PinkNews.co.uk founder Benjamin Cohen reflects back on yesterday's Jewish festival of Yom Kippur and what it means for an openly gay Jew.
28th September 2009
Gay humanist group to protest against Pope’s visit at Labour Conference 27
3:49 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has organised a protest against Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the UK to be held at the Labour Party's annual conference this week.
24th September 2009
Gay humanist groups plan protests for Pope’s 2010 visit 65
11:30 AM — Gay humanist groups are planning to hold "strong" protests when Pope Benedict XVI visits the UK early next year.
17th September 2009
Scottish would-be gay minister withdraws candidacy 11
10:29 AM — An openly gay man who was nominated to train as a Church of Scotland minister has withdrawn his candidacy. The man, named as Dmitri Ross, is in a civil partnership. He was nominated this month by Hamilton Presbytery.
11th September 2009
Belfast church allowed judicial review on ‘homophobic’ ads 23
2:20 PM — A Belfast church has been granted a judicial review on a ruling from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) that its adverts were homophobic. Sandown Free Presbyterian Church appealed the decision in the high court.
10th September 2009
Gay-friendly church asks ‘Would Jesus discriminate?’ 99
5:28 PM — A liberal church movement has launched a new campaign designed to ask people whether Jesus would discriminate against others. The Metropolitan Community Church, which has congregations in more than 20 countries, is strongly committed to gay rights and support same-sex marriage.
9th September 2009
Gay bishop Gene Robinson: ’20 years ago, coming out was almost like committing suicide’ 5
4:55 PM — The first gay US bishop, Gene Robinson, has spoken about coming out, his relationship with his former wife, and the chances of more gay bishops being elected.
8th September 2009
Church of Scotland selects gay man to train as minister 3
11:23 AM — A Church of Scotland presbytery has nominated an openly gay man to begin training as a minister. The unnamed gay man, who is in a civil partnership, was nominated last Tuesday by Hamilton Presbytery, the third largest in Scotland.
28th August 2009
Gay bishop Gene Robinson to appear at Christian festival 25
3:43 PM — A controversial gay cleric will be one of the attractions a Christian music and arts festival being held in Cheltenham this Bank Holiday weekend.
LGBT rights group’s conversations with the faithful now available online 9
3:22 PM — America's largest LGBT rights organisation has announced the release of a unique online collection of meditations on religious belief.
26th August 2009
Lutheran decision on gay clergy welcomed by LGBT group 4
11:45 AM — America's largest LGBT rights organisation has welcomed the decision by the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) to lift its ban on noncelibate lesbian and gay pastors.
25th August 2009
Irish gay group rejects Cardinal’s attack on civil partnerships 72
10:20 AM — Ireland's largest gay rights group has responded to an attack on civil partnerships by the country's Roman Catholic leader.