12th April 2010
Pope’s number two claims sexual abuse scandals due to homosexuality not celibacy 76
11:55 PM — The Vatican's second most senior cleric has said that the sexual abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church are linked to homosexuality rather than celibacy among priests. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone is the Vatican's secretary of state, effectively the deputy to Pope Benedict XVI made the controversial statement during a press conference in Chile.
9th April 2010
God Hates Fags church too extreme for KKK 47
3:16 PM — The Ku Klux Klan has distanced itself from Westboro Baptist Church, saying it "absolutely repudiates" the homophobic church's activities.
8th April 2010
Vatican says cover-up accusations due to Pope’s opposition to gay rights 47
3:37 PM — Vatican officials have refuted claims that the Pope was involved in a cover-up of the child abuse scandal, saying that the allegations are part of a "hate campaign" against him.
6th April 2010
Labour will pledge to repeal ‘free speech’ defence 30
3:07 PM — Labour is expected to promise in its election manifesto to overturn a 'free speech' amendment in a law against inciting homophobic hatred. Home secretary Alan Johnson made the announcement last week..
31st March 2010
Dead soldier’s father must pay £11,000 to anti-gay church 37
11:13 AM — The father of a US soldier whose funeral was picketed by the controversial Westboro Baptist Church has been told he must pay their legal fees of $16,500 (£11,000).
30th March 2010
Groups call for Pope to be prosecuted 15
2:07 PM — A small protest took place last weekend to call for the Pope to be prosecuted over the paedophile priests scandal. An estimated 50 people, some of whom were from gay and humanist associations, met outside Westminster Cathedral on Palm Sunday.
Homophobic preacher ‘should not have been prosecuted’ 46
11:39 AM — The American street preacher who was fined £1,000 for breaching the peace in Glasgow should not have been fined, gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has argued.
25th March 2010
Gay minister Scott Rennie given city honour 3
3:14 PM — The Rev Scott Rennie has been given honoured with a ceremonial role in his home city of Aberdeen. He caused controversy last year when he was ordained as a minister at Queen's Cross Church, becoming Scotland's first out gay minister.
24th March 2010
Clergy assured they will not be sued for refusing gay civil partnerships 19
4:51 PM — Amendments have been added to the Equality Bill to reassure clergy that they will not be sued if they refuse to hold religious civil partnerships for gay couples.
23rd March 2010
Christians protest over religious civil partnerships 25
6:34 PM — Christians have appealed to government ministers to block plans to allow gay couples the right to have civil partnership ceremonies in church.
22nd March 2010
Anti-gay street preacher escapes charges 13
12:38 PM — A street preacher who ranted at shoppers about the "evils" of homosexuality has escaped charges. Paul Shaw, 62, of Colchester, was arrested last month.
19th March 2010
Boy George defends Elton John over ‘gay Jesus’ comments 10
4:08 PM — Boy George has defended Elton John for his controversial remarks about Jesus. John received a death threat for describing Jesus as a "compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems".
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.