28th January 2011
Three appear in court over anti-gay leaflets
5:14 PM — Three men appeared in court today on charges of distributing threatening written material to stir up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.
27th January 2011
Another gay couple sue B&B which turned them away 46
11:46 AM — A second gay couple are suing a bed and breakfast which barred them from sharing a room. Michael Black, 63, and John Morgan, 58, have begun legal proceedings against the Swiss B&B in Berkshire, after owners Susanne and Mike Wilkinson denied them a double room last March.
25th January 2011
Christian hotel owners to appeal ruling 324
6:14 PM — The Christian hotel owners who refused to let a gay couple share a room are appealing against the ruling. Peter and Hazelmary Bull, who own the Chymorvah Private Hotel near Penzance, were found to have acted unlawfully when denying civil partners Martin Hall and Steven Preddy a room.
24th January 2011
‘God hates fags’ church furious at film about anti-gay murderer 48
5:49 PM — The anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church picketed the Sundance Film Festival yesterday over a film about a homophobic preacher who begins murdering people he thinks are gay.
20th January 2011
Tory peer who said schools ‘promote homosexuality’ says Islamophobia is seen as socially acceptable 87
1:43 PM — Tory minister Baroness Warsi says Islamophobia is "socially acceptable" and has passed the "dinner party test". In a speech she is to give today at the University of Leicester, the peer will also warn against describing Muslims as "moderate" or "extremist".
18th January 2011
Peter Tatchell: Discrimination would be ‘rampant’ if Christian hotel couple won case 51
1:30 PM — Discrimination would have become "rampant" again if a Christian hotel couple had won the right to bar gay couples, LGBT campaigner Peter Tatchell has said. He said that if Peter and Hazelmary Bull had won their case, the judgment would have set a precedent for countless claims.
17th January 2011
Chicago ministers say Martin Luther King would not have supported gay rights 33
2:45 PM — A group of Chicago ministers are holding a press conference today to claim that civil rights leader Martin Luther King would not have supported gay rights.
14th January 2011
Hotel chain asked to cancel conference with ‘anti-gay hate preachers’ 111
4:47 PM — The hotel chain Ibis has been urged to cancel a Muslim conference in London which includes speakers who have called for gays to be killed. Gay campaigners said that events would be cancelled if speakers had called for the death of Muslims.
12th January 2011
Arizona prevents anti-gay church picketing killed 9-year-old’s funeral 34
3:58 PM — The US state of Arizona has quickly pushed through legislation to ban the picketing of funerals. The Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church had planned to picket the funeral of a nine-year-old girl to gain publicity but now says it will not disrupt the event in exchange for air time on radio stations.
Peter Tatchell: Don’t criminalise homophobic Christians 181
1:21 PM — Where do we draw the line between religious freedom and free speech on the one hand, and public order and the protection of minorities on the other hand? Should people of faith have the right to express views that others find offensive and bigoted?
11th January 2011
Gay Soho priest sacked after propositioning gay men 76
10:33 AM — A gay priest has been sacked for "inappropriate" conduct after he sexually propositioned a gay couple who were staying with him. The Rev David Gilmore, rector of St Anne's Anglican Church in Soho, was barred from working as a priest for two years.
10th January 2011
Elton’s son’s welfare is at risk, former bishop claims 44
11:07 AM — The former Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, has claimed that Elton John and David Furnish's new baby psychological welfare is at risk. The cleric said he was concerned that baby Zachary had been born by surrogate mother to two fathers and suggested that John was too old to be a dad at the age of 64.
6th January 2011
Lesbian priests wed in Massachusetts 9
5:32 PM — Two high-level female Episcopal priests married in Massachusetts on New Year's Day. The wedding of Rev Mally Lloyd and Rev Katherine Ragsdale is thought to be a first for the US.
23rd December 2010
BBC under fire for inviting Pope to present Christmas edition of ‘Thought for the Day’ 26
12:58 PM — The Pope has recorded a special Christmas message for Britain following his visit to the country earlier this year. He will appear on Radio 4's Thought for the Day on Christmas Eve.
21st December 2010
Preacher wins £7,000 after being wrongly arrested for homophobia 75
1:51 PM — A Christian street preacher detained by police for being homophobic has won £7,000 in damages for wrongful arrest. Dale McAlpine, 42, was arrested in Cumbria in April last year after he told a community support officer that homosexuality was a “sin”.
20th December 2010
Australian Catholics told to lobby MPs against gay marriage 14
11:05 AM — Sydney Archdiocese says arguments should be based on the "natural order", amid a growing movement to alter the law.
14th December 2010
Gay ban hotel couple ‘may have to close business’ 91
5:19 PM — The Christian couple at the centre of a court case around gay rights and religious freedom say they may have to close their hotel if barred from discriminating against gay couples.
13th December 2010
Gay ban hotel owners to claim they were set up 51
1:04 PM — A Christian couple who are being sued for banning gay couples from sharing rooms at their Cornwall hotel are expected to claim they were set up by Stonewall. Peter and Hazelmary Bull, who own the Chymorvah Private Hotel in Cornwall, are being sued for discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.
10th December 2010
Christian writer’s pilgrimage to ‘repent’ of homophobia 61
2:28 PM — A Christian writer plans to go on a three-week pilgrimage to "repent" of his past homophobia. Symon Hill, the associate director of the pro-gay Ekklesia thinktank, says he will walk from Birmingham to London and speak at churches along the way to encourage Christians to rethink their views on homosexuality.
Anti-gay Christian preacher wins £4,000 compensation for arrest 52
11:54 AM — A Christian street preacher who raged against the "effeminate" and said gays would go to hell has won £4,000 in damages for being arrested.