3rd December 2009
Vatican distances itself from cardinal’s homophobic comments 61
11:27 AM — The Vatican has issued an indirect rebuke to a Catholic cardinal who said gays and trans people could not enter heaven. Javier Lozano Barragan, a leading Catholic cardinal, said gay people are not born that way and were "an insult to God".
2nd December 2009
Catholic cardinal says gays are barred from heaven 94
7:34 PM — Javier Lozano Barragan, a leading Catholic cardinal, has said that gay and trans people "will never enter the kingdom of heaven". The cardinal cited Saint Paul's epistle to the Romans, which he claimed said men should not sleep with other men.
California man campaigns to ban divorce to protect marriage 10
2:51 PM — A California man is leading a campaign to ban divorce in the state. John Marcotte, of Sacramento, believes that if state voters think gay marriage should be illegal, divorce should also be outlawed.
30th November 2009
Christian relationship counsellor loses appeal over gay couples 19
1:14 PM — A Christian relationship counsellor who refused to work with gay couples has lost his appeal for unfair dismissal. Gary McFarlane was sacked by Relate last year after saying he would not "encourage sin" in gay and lesbian couples.
26th November 2009
United Reform Church first to speak out on Uganda’s anti-gay bill 18
1:42 PM — The United Reform Church has become the first major Christian denomination in the UK to criticise Uganda's proposed anti-homosexuality bill. The church said it was "appalled" at the legislation.
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.