25th May 2009
Church of Scotland to establish commission to examine gay clergy issue 11
8:49 PM — Just days after the Church of Scotland's General Assembly voted to approve the ordination of an openly gay minister, it has decided to avoid a potentially damaging debate on the issue of gay clergy. The assembly is meeting in Edinburgh decided that a commission should be establish to examine the issue and report back in 2011.
24th May 2009
Church of Scotland approves appointment of openly gay minister 27
11:56 AM — The Church of Scotland General Assembly last night voted to approve the ordination of openly gay minister Scott Rennie.
22nd May 2009
Evangelical groups call on Church of Scotland to back gay minister 52
11:43 AM — Ten Evangelical groups have urged the Church of Scotland to back the ordination of openly gay Reverend Scott Rennie. Rennie, who lives openly with his partner, was appointed as minister of Queen's Cross Church in Aberdeen by his congregation.
21st May 2009
Churches to be banned from turning down gay staff 206
12:11 PM — Religious groups are to be forced to accept gay youth workers, secretaries and other staff under new anti-discrimination laws.
18th May 2009
Ex-wife of gay minister offers public support 5
5:42 PM — The former wife of openly gay Rev Scott Rennie, whose ordination is threatening to create a schism in the Church of Scotland, has spoken out in his defence.
14th May 2009
Row deepens over ordination of gay minister as insults fly 24
5:37 PM — A supporter of openly gay minister Rev Scott Rennie has described his opponents as "terrorists". Rev Georgie Baxendale, one of Scotland’s first female preachers, said members of evangelical group Forward Together were damaging the church.
13th May 2009
Scottish minister compares supporters of gay clergy to Nazis 56
11:57 AM — Anti-gay Scottish minister Rev Ian Watson has compared the supporters of an openly gay minister to the Nazis.
11th May 2009
Equality California enlists clergy to help fight gay marriage ban 26
11:16 AM — Equality California (EQCA), the advocacy group fighting to win back gay marriage in California, is seeking to enlist 1,000 clergy members to help change attitudes in the state.
8th May 2009
God hates fags preacher joins calls to block gay Scottish minister 20
12:23 PM — Fred Phelps, the leader of the Westboro Baptist Church which picket dead soldiers' funerals with chants of 'God hates fags', has said the ordination of openly gay minister Scot Rennie to a Scottish church would be an "abomination".
7th May 2009
‘Joe the Plumber’ refuses to let gays near his children 26
3:05 PM — Samuel Wurzelbacher, the American plumber who became a celebrity when described by presidential hopeful John McCain as the 'average man' has said he will not let gays near his children.
Poll finds zero tolerance for homosexuality among UK Muslims 225
11:20 AM — A survey published today shows that UK Muslims have significantly less tolerance for homosexuality than their French and German counterparts.
6th May 2009
Controversial pastor Rick Warren ‘one of the world’s most influential people’ 17
1:56 PM — Rick Warren, the US evangelist pastor who spoke out against gay marriage, has been included in Time magazine's latest list of the world's most influential people.
Scottish MPs condemn clergy for attacks on gay minister 20
11:43 AM — Members of the Scottish Parliament have criticised the clergy for attempting to block the appointment of openly gay minister Scott Rennie.
Miss California forced to defend topless photos 23
10:30 AM — Carrie Prejean, the Miss World contestant who criticised gay marriage, has defended topless photos of her taken as a teenager. The beauty queen, who was crowned Miss California, said she did not believe in gay marriage when asked by celebrity blogger Perez Hilton at the final of the competition.
5th May 2009
Gay Scottish minister reveals struggle over sexuality 30
11:00 AM — The Rev Scott Rennie, a gay minister whose appointment is threatening to split the Church of Scotland, has spoken about his struggle to face up to his sexuality and reconciling it with Biblical teachings.
1st May 2009
Evangelical group forced to apologise over gay slurs against minister 13
2:47 PM — An Evangelical group which spread false rumours about a gay minister has been forced to apologise. Forward Together told its members that Scott Rennie left his wife and young daughter to live with another man.
Church of Scotland group calls for HIV training for ministers
11:20 AM — A Church of Scotland group has said that HIV education should be part of the training for new recruits to the ministry.
28th April 2009
Catholic charity withdraws case over gay adoption 4
3:36 PM — One of the two Catholic adoption agencies which launched a legal challenge over gay adoption has withdrawn its case.
US Presbyterian church votes against openly gay clergy 4
2:52 PM — The Presbyterian church has once again rejected allowing openly gay clergy to serve. Amendment B would have changed language in the church’s constitution which requires pastors to live in “"fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and woman or chastity in singleness."
Faith schools to be allowed to tell pupils homosexuality is wrong 332
2:01 PM — New plans to force all schools to teach sex education will allow faith schools to educate pupils in line with their religious beliefs. This will allow schools to tell pupils that homosexuality, sex outside marriage or using contraception is wrong.