3rd January 2006
Scottish Cardinal denounces gay marriages 4
12:00 AM — The leader of Scotland's Roman Catholic Church has attacked the country's government ministers for undermining the sanctity of marriage by allowing "gay weddings".Archbishop of Edinburgh, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, is also set to launch an attack on the Scottish Executive for cutting the minimum separation period of divorce.In his New Year's Day homily at St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh, the cardinal said that during 2006, he would urge the Executive in particular to give "unequivocal support" to marriage.
29th December 2005
Pope’s stance on gay priests comes under fire 12
12:00 AM — Gay men will be admitted into Roman Catholic seminaries to train as to become priests if they can prove that they are only "transitionally gay", that they have been celibate for a minimum of three years.However, some in the Church believe that the document risks alienating gay priests who may be well suited to the vocation.
24th December 2005
Christians accused of homophobia
12:00 AM — A retired couple faced a police investigation this week after objecting to their council's stance on gay issues.Devout Christians, Joe Roberts 73, and his wife Helen, 68, of Fleetwood, Lancashire, wrote to Wyre Borough Council accusing them of "pandering" to minority groups. They said they felt discriminated against.The pair had questioned the council's bid to improve equality, part of which would see gay lifestyle magazines distributed around staffareas.
29th November 2005
Christian pastor who compared gays to paedophiles acquitted of homophobic hate crimes 11
12:00 AM — Sweden's highest court has acquitted a Pentecostal pastor of hate crimes after he compared homosexuality to paedophilia and bestiality.He was convicted in 2004 under Sweden's hate crimes law but today, the country's Supreme Court upheld an appeals court verdict that found that the comments made by Ake Green, 64, were protected by the country's commitment to freedom of speech and religion.
25th November 2005
Liberal Judaism launches gay marriage ceremonies in Britain
12:00 AM — Liberal Judaism is to be come the first mainstream religious group to perform gay marriage services.The movement, which includes four lesbian Rabbis, and two gay Rabbis will introduce its 'Covenant of Love' to coincide with the Civil Partnership Act which comes into force on December 5th.However, the ceremony does not replace the need for a couple to perform a civil partnership, as there are no legal entitlements flowing from the blessing.
24th November 2005
Gays can become Catholic priests if they can prove they’re celibate 12
12:00 AM — Gay men will be allowed to be Roman Catholic priests as long as they can prove that they have been celibate for a minimum of three years.The Vatican which was commissioned by the Pope, Benedict XIV, says that the church will ban gays who "publicly manifest their homosexuality or show an overwhelming attraction" to homosexual culture even if it is only intellectually".
23rd November 2005
Rabbi compares Christian right in USA to Nazis over their stance on gay rights
12:00 AM — The attitude of American 'religious right' leaders toward gays and lesbians is akin to the anti-gay policies promoted by Adolf Hitler, according to the president of the Union for Reform Judaism, Rabbi Eric Yoffie.Yoffie made the controversial comments Saturday during the movement's national biennial conference in Houston."We cannot forget that when Hitler came to power in 1933, one of the first things that he did was ban gay organizations," Yoffie said. "Yes, we can disagree about gay marriage but there is no excuse for hateful rhetoric that fuels the hellfires of anti-gay bigotry." The audience of 5,000 responded to the speech with enthusiastic applause.
17th November 2005
Church of England’s position on gay rights is evil, says right wing Bishops 2
12:00 AM — The split in the Anglican Church over the issue of homosexuality has continued today, with ultra-conservative church leaders condemning the policies of the Church of England as evil.The "Global South", a group of ultra-right wing, anti-gay bishops led by the Nigerian archbishop, Dr Peter Akinola in letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, urge him to reconsider his personal views on homosexuality: "we urge you to rethink your personal view and embrace the Church's consensus and to act on it, based as it is on the clear witness of Scripture."
6th November 2005
Gay Bishop says God called him 29
12:00 AM — Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Bishop in the Anglican Communion, claimed yesterday that he was called by God to become a Bishop.The comments were made in a speech during the Bishop's visit to Britain to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Changing Attitudes group of pro-Gay Christians."I've got to be honest I felt God was calling me out ... God is always calling us to a place of integrity." Bishop Robinson's claim flies in the face of evangelical doctrine that does not allow the ordination or consecration of practising homosexuals.
4th November 2005
Gay Bishop in talks with the Archbishop of Canterbury 29
12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, met the American gay Bishop, Gene Robinson, in London yesterday.The Archbishop's spokesman described the meeting as "friendly but candid".The spokesman added, "The encounter came as part of the Archbishop's commitment to listening to the voices of all concerned in the current challenges facing the Anglican Communion."
Gay Bishop says Church will eventually accept gays and lesbians 29
12:00 AM — Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Anglican Bishop, said today that he believed that the Anglican Communion will eventually come to embrace gay men and women, although it is unlikely to be in his lifetime.He told the BBC, "I believe that the acceptance of gay and lesbian people into the life of the Church is something that is going to happen. It may not happen in my lifetime, but that is all right. It will happen in God's own time."
31st October 2005
Church of Scotland backs gay adoption 4
12:00 AM — The Church of Scotland (the Kirk) has cautiously welcomed proposals for unmarried and gay couples to adopt.The Kirk was responding to the policies of the Scottish Executive that will overhaul the adoptions law in the country. Under the current legal system in Scotland, only one member of an unmarried gay or straight couple can legally be considered the adoptive parent of a child, with the other partner being granted only the right for the child to reside with them.
27th October 2005
Bishop of London refuses to ban gay Bishop from church service 29
12:00 AM — The Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres, has refused to ban the American gay Bishop Gene Robinson from attending a Church of England service.The Bishop of London's refusal comes after a letter was sent to him by the London Diocesan Evangelical Fellowship, urging the Bishop to try an ban the gay cleric from visiting London or attending any church services in England.
“God made me gay” vicar faces trial today 30
12:00 AM — A Methodist minister who was defrocked after telling her Pennsylvania congregation she is gay has her credentials back, but her ordination could again be revoked this week after she goes before the church's highest judicial panel.The Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church will hear Irene Stroud's case in Houston today. Decisions by the council are final.