20th March 2009
Northen Ireland MP Iris Robinson will not face prosecution for comparing homosexuality to paedophillia 69
3:58 PM — A Northern Ireland MP who said gay people could be 'turned around' and compared homosexuality to paedophilia will not be prosecuted. Iris Robinson, the MP for Strangford, was investigated by police after complaints.
God Hates Fags preachers target London primary school 26
10:40 AM — Preachers from the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church have said they plan to picket a London primary school which ran lessons about gay relationships. A picket schedule on their website announces they will be at the George Tomlinson School in Leytonstone next Friday.
19th March 2009
Gay man de-baptises himself 69
5:44 PM — A man has asked to be 'de-baptised', saying that he was too young to decide his religion at the age of five months. John Hunt, 56, says that he wants his 1953 baptism at the St Jude and St Aidan parish church in the Southwark diocese, south London, cancelled because he was not consulted and does not believe in God.
Rowan Atkinson attacks gay hate law 57
4:00 PM — Comedian Rowan Atkinson has criticised hate speech legislation, saying that the House of Lords must vote against a government attempt to remove a free speech clause in a homophobic hatred offence.
Lesbian continues fight to be Presbyterian minister 7
1:55 PM — A lesbian in San Francisco who has been a candidate for the Presbyterian ministry for 22 years is to have her case heard in church court this week. Lisa Larges' candidacy for ordination has twice been approved by her regional church authorities.
Amnesty asks Pope to defend gay rights 19
11:53 AM — Amnesty International has urged Pope Benedict XVI to condemn the criminalisation of homosexuality when he meets with African bishops today in Cameroon, which criminalises same-sex relations.
18th March 2009
Minnesota gay marriage ban ‘will prevent world from ending’ 38
3:07 PM — The Minnesota Family Council has introduced an amendment to ban gay marriage, which it claims will stop the world from ending.
17th March 2009
Gays and lesbians banned from marching openly in New York St Patick’s Day Parade 67
5:31 PM — Gays and lesbians have once again been barred from marching openly in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York. The annual parade attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators to the streets.
11th March 2009
San Francisco archbishop bans gay play from ‘inclusive’ church 20
4:57 PM — Students in the Castro neighbourhood of San Francisco have been barred from staging a play that details a young man's struggle with his sexuality and his Christian faith.
Religious groups urged to ‘ignore’ Baltic Pride event 5
1:11 PM — An official in the city of Rīga, Latvia, has called for religious groups to 'ignore' the city's upcoming Pride march, saying that scant attention may dissuade organisers from holding future events.
9th March 2009
Cardinal Keith O’Brien: SNP gay reforms are ‘misguided and inappropriate’ 123
11:47 AM — Cardinal Keith O'Brien, the leader of the Scottish Catholic Church, has urged Scottish National Party ministers to abandon plans to give gay couples the right to become foster parents, saying vulnerable children would be put at risk.
5th March 2009
US Christians accused of exporting anti-gay message to Africa 7
10:56 AM — A conference in Uganda which begins today has been condemned by human rights groups.
3rd March 2009
Director receives death threats over Channel 4 documentary about gay Muslims 76
11:47 AM — Executives at Channel 4 are bracing themselves for a backlash against a programme showing gay and lesbian Muslims.
2nd March 2009
Norwegian lesbians celebrate “first” humanist marriage ceremony 6
10:42 AM — Humanists in Norway are claiming to have conducted their first legal same-sex marriage ceremony. Cecilia Patricia Stensland, 24, and Janne Lemvig Abrahamsen, 38, wed in Oslo last week.
Roman Catholics complain about teachers “promoting equality” 34
10:16 AM — A new code for teachers has been branded "unacceptable" by Roman Catholic leaders because it promotes equality.
27th February 2009
Catholic bishops ‘helped defeat’ domestic partnerships bill in New Mexico 5
5:26 PM — Lesiglation to provide gay and straight unmarried couples with the right to enter into domestic partnerships under state law has been rejected by the New Mexico state Senate.
Republican politician partially apologises for comparing gays to murderers 18
4:32 PM — A state Senator in Colorado has admitted he has caused insult by comparing gay and lesbian people to murderers and adulterers.
26th February 2009
Hazel Blears advocates “engagement” with homophobic extremists 19
3:01 PM — The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has said that the government must engage with organisations and individuals "with whose views we disagree vehemently."
Christian fundamentalists try to block protection for gay kids at school 24
11:58 AM — Christian evangelical groups have been accused of trying to undermine an effort by a teaching organisation to protect children from bullies.
25th February 2009
Israel’s new gay MP starts work with civil marriage bill 4
3:08 PM — A newly-elected member of the Knesset, Israel's parliament, has proposed a bill to legalise civil marriage and divorce. Nitzan Horovitz submitted the legislation at the opening session of the 18th Knesset.