4th August 2009
Catholic states ‘more likely to support gay rights’ 7
3:40 PM — US states with the highest proportion of Catholics are more likely to support gay rights, research has claimed.
3rd August 2009
Scottish councillor: ‘Gays are sad and atheists are damned to hell’ 329
5:33 PM — A Scottish councillor has described "so-called" gays as "really very sad people" and said that non-believers are "damned to hell".
Two gay priests among nominations for LA bishop 9
11:40 AM — Two gay Episcopal priests are among the six nominated candidates for the role of assistant bishop of Los Angeles. The US Anglican church recently voted to reject a moratorium on consecrating new gay bishops.
2nd August 2009
Video: Soho joins world in vigils for victims of the Tel Aviv anti-gay massacre 26
11:40 PM — Organised by Twitter, Facebook and text message, all across the world vigils have been held for the victims of the massacre at an LGBT (lesbian, gay and bisexual) centre in Tel Aviv last night. Benjamin Cohen went to Soho to meet gay Israelis, Jews and those of no faith at all to share in their act of remembrance
31st July 2009
Quakers agree to hold gay marriages 190
12:51 PM — The annual meeting of Quakers in York has decided to hold marriages for gay couples. According to those present, many hugged and burst into tears when the decision was announced.
Quakers to decide today on holding civil partnership ceremonies 8
10:36 AM — The annual meeting of Quakers will decide today whether to ask the government for legal authority to register civil partnerships in the same way as marriages.
29th July 2009
Scottish councillor quits Church of Scotland after gay ordination 17
7:53 PM — A councillor has announced he will leave the Church of Scotland as a result of its appointment of an openly gay minister.
‘Defaced’ bible forced behind glass 24
10:18 AM — An exhibit in Glasgow designed to promote gay rights within the church has had to be put in a glass case to prevent visitors scrawling obscene messages.
28th July 2009
Archbishop of Canterbury: ‘Gays have split Anglican church in two’ 71
10:23 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has said that the church may have to accept "two styles of being Anglican" in order to avoid a schism.
27th July 2009
Boy George rejected by Hare Krishnas for being gay
5:14 PM — Pop star Boy George has been blocked from becoming a fully-fledged member of the Hare Krishna movement because of his sexuality.
24th July 2009
Normal again: The reasons and realities behind the ex-gay movement 132
3:47 PM — The ex-gay movement, which professes to 'cure' homosexuality, is in the news yet again following the disappearance of American student Bryce Faulkner, who is thought to have been sent to one of the controversial centres by his parents after they discovered he was gay.
Anger as Bible is defaced in the name of art 82
2:53 PM — An art gallery in Scotland has been attacked by the church after an exhibition inviting people to write messages on a Bible was met with "abuse" and "obscenity", including one person writing "f*** the bible". It was designed to close the gaps between LGBTs and the church.
Comment: They’re at it again 20
11:04 AM — Around this time last year, the Presbyterian Church of Wales made national news after paying out a record sum to a gay employee who had endured ‘grotesquely’ discriminatory conduct and sexual harassment. You might reasonably assume, then, that they’d watch their step when it comes to the ever-so-touchy subject of homosexuality. You would, of course, be wrong to make such an assumption.
23rd July 2009
Quakers to debate holding civil partnership ceremonies 6
3:34 PM — The annual meeting of Quakers is to consider whether to request legal authority to register civil partnerships in the same way as marriages.
British churches performing ‘exorcisms’ on gays 73
12:06 PM — A number of fundamentalist Christian churches in London are thought to be performing 'exorcisms' on gays and lesbians to cure them of homosexuality.
20th July 2009
Doctor removed from adoption panel for refusing to consider gay couples 64
11:20 AM — A Christian doctor has been removed from an adoption panel after she refused to endorse applications by same-sex couples. Dr Sheila Matthews said homosexuality was not "an appropriate lifestyle".
17th July 2009
Comment: If pagans can get time off for Halloween, can we set up a gay religion? 36
5:27 PM — Pagan members of the police force are to get holidays on their religious festivals, bringing them in line with more established faiths. While some religious groups have protested, it proves that no one religion is really any more entitled to respect than others. Are Druid spells any more irrational than prayers to an unseen and unresponsive God? We asked Stephen Price to consider whether gays should set up their own religion in order get Pride days off.
Vatican heaps praise on Oscar Wilde.. who it once condemned as immoral 87
4:21 PM — The Vatican has praised the work of openly gay playwright Oscar Wilde, despite previously regarding him as an immoral degenerate.
Gay and single parents ‘ignored by the Catholic Church’ 10
1:02 PM — The chief executive of a marriage charity has said that there is no evidence that children do better with heterosexual parents.
16th July 2009
US student ‘forced’ into ex-gay therapy 81
11:44 AM — A gay pre-med student from Arkansas has been "forced" into therapy to cure him of homosexuality. According to his friends, Bryce Faulkner, 23, was preparing to come out to deeply religious family when his mother discovered emails to his boyfriend.