23rd November 2009
Church leaders in Liverpool release ‘groundbreaking’ condemnation of homophobia 48
12:27 PM — Leaders of the six main Christian churches in Liverpool have released a joint statement condemning homophobia in the city. Local councillor Steve Radford said it was a "real breakthrough".
22nd November 2009
Exemptions allowing churches to refuse to employ gays to be scrapped following pressure from EU 60
5:37 PM — The European Commission is putting pressure on the British government to drop the exemptions from equality legislation by religious organisations who currently have the right to refuse to employ LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) staff.
19th November 2009
Gay unions threaten ‘fabric of society’, bishops say 92
11:42 AM — A pastoral letter agreed at the US Conference of Catholic Bishops warns about the dangers of same-sex marriage and partnerships, saying they will affect everyone.
18th November 2009
Gay priests ‘no more likely to abuse children than heterosexuals’ 19
4:35 PM — A study commissioned by the US Roman Catholic Church has found no evidence that gay priests are more likely to sexually abuse children than heterosexual clergy.
Scottish presbytery ‘broke gay moratorium’ by accepting gay man for training 4
3:56 PM — A Church of Scotland court has upheld a complaint that a presbytery broke the moratorium on gay clergy by nominating a gay man for training as a minister. It said no new gay candidates would be taken on.
Exclusive: Stonewall to fight for civil partnerships to be held in churches 63
1:17 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall said last night it will seek to add an amendment to the Equality Bill to allow religious buildings such as churches to hold civil partnership ceremonies.
17th November 2009
Peter Tatchell to speak with former Bishop of Edinburgh tonight 5
3:59 PM — Peter Tatchell will appear in conversation with Richard Holloway, the former Bishop of Edinburgh, tonight. Holloway has supported Tatchell in the past, even defending him when he appeared in court in 1998 for storming the Archbishop of Canterbury's Easter sermon.
16th November 2009
Archbishop of Liverpool commended for support of gay vigil 26
1:45 PM — Archbishop of Liverpool Patrick Kelly has been commended for showing support to a vigil held against homophobic hatred. He cited the thousands of people who "said no to hatred".
13th November 2009
Court of Appeal ruling on Lillian Ladele expected by Christmas 21
11:12 AM — Lillian Ladele, the Islington registrar who refused to carry out civil partnerships for gay couples, will hear whether her Court of Appeal bid has been successful before Christmas.
12th November 2009
San Francisco Presbytery approves lesbian’s ordination 2
2:20 PM — A San Francisco lesbian who has been a candidate for the Presbyterian ministry for 22 years has finally won her battle to be ordained.
11th November 2009
US Mormons back gay rights laws as “fair and reasonable” 13
1:14 PM — The Mormon Church has supported Salt Lake City legislation giving gays and lesbians protection from discrimination, despite traditionally railing against equal rights measures.
9th November 2009
Sweden ordains first openly lesbian bishop 3
3:28 PM — Eva Brunne, Sweden's first openly lesbian bishop, has been sworn into her new role. Brunne, 55, who is in a registered partnership and has a three-year-old son, is also believed to be the world's first lesbian bishop.
5th November 2009
Trans writer defends ‘offensive’ Jesus, Queen of Heaven play 34
2:02 PM — A trans woman who wrote a play portraying Jesus as undergoing transition to become a woman has defended her work, saying that protests by angry Christians have no foundation in the Bible.
4th November 2009
Christians protest over Glasgow play which shows Jesus as a trans woman 94
12:36 PM — Christian groups have been holding protests outside a Glasgow theatre which portrays Jesus as a trans woman. Jesus, Queen of Heaven is being shown as part of the Glasgay! art festival.
2nd November 2009
Christian registrar takes civil partnerships complaint to court of appeal 92
2:53 PM — Lillian Ladele, the Islington registrar who refused to perform civil partnership ceremonies for gay couples, will argue her case in the court of appeal today.
28th October 2009
Two days left to sign petition on religious civil partnerships 16
7:13 PM — There are only two days remaining to sign a petition to call for civil partnerships to be held in religious buildings.
26th October 2009
Film director accuses Scientology of homophobia 32
2:56 PM — A Hollywood film director has left the Church of Scientology, citing the religion's opposition to gay marriage. Paul Haggis, who directed the 2005 film Crash, was a member of the church for around 35 years.
Christian woman may sue after police investigate ‘gay hate crime’ letter 120
11:06 AM — A woman who complained about a gay Pride march in Norwich has said she may sue the police and local council after she was investigated for possible hate crime.
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.