5th January 2009
Two executed in Saudi Arabia for male rape 13
3:45 PM — Two Saudi men were publicly beheaded on December 26th after being found guilty of rape. The official SPA news agency said Nasser al-Harby and Majid al-Sibeiy had gone into the bedroom where the unnamed victim slept.
Conservatives and Labour ignore gay victims of domestic abuse claims charity 3
12:38 PM — A new Tory party plan to spend an extra £2.6m on help for women experiencing domestic violence has been attacked by a gay charity.
2nd January 2009
Catholic agencies turn on gay adoption rights as exemption period runs out 13
12:08 PM — 50% of the Catholic adoption agencies that threatened to close if forced to work with gay couples have adopted the new equality law.
30th December 2008
Catholic leader claims Pope’s homophobic outburst “misrepresented” 53
12:57 PM — Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and Archbishop of Westminster, has defended Pope Benedict XVI's controversial comments about gay people.
29th December 2008
Obama advisor supports choice of anti-gay preacher for inauguration 5
3:09 PM — President-elect Barack Obama's senior advisor David Axelrod has spoken in support of the decision invite evangelical preacher Rick Warren to his inauguration. Mr Axelrod is a chief advisor to President-elect Obama. Speaking on NBC, Mr Axelrod defended the controversial decision to include Warren in the ceremony.
24th December 2008
Free Presbyterian minister backs Pope and claims we are all born straight 25
1:12 PM — A preacher from a church that refers to the Pope as the Anti-Christ has backed his stance on homosexuality and claimed all people are born heterosexual.
Comment: Pope is wrong about “gay threat”, gay sexuality is part of human ecology 17
12:04 AM — By choosing to highlight homosexuality instead of hunger, war and homelessness, the Pope has lost his moral bearings and sense of priorities writes gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell
23rd December 2008
Comment: Pope Benedict learnt nothing from his time in the Hitler Youth 42
1:33 PM — Imagine if a world leader said that Jews were a threat to humanity. Imagine the outrage such a provocative statement would be, especially if that leader was German.
Pope Benedict’s latest outburst “justifies” homophobic bullying and attacks 76
12:01 PM — The head of the Roman Catholic Church has claimed that the existence of gay people is as great a threat to humanity as the destruction of the rainforest.
22nd December 2008
Nativity scene featuring Mary in drag upsets Amsterdam Christians 20
6:15 PM — A Christmas celebration that featured the Virgin Mary played by a drag queen and Joseph in black leather shorts has offended Christians in Holland.
Documentary about shamed US evangelical Ted Haggard airs next month 5
4:02 PM — Preacher Ted Haggard will talk publicly about his fall from grace at the American Television Critics Association next month.
Vatican claims sexual orientation is not legally defined 10
2:46 PM — The Roman Catholic Church's representative at the United Nations has explained why it opposed a statement on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
Gay Congressman attacks Obama’s choice of inauguration preacher 2
2:29 PM — A leading Democratic politician has said the President-elect of the United States was wrong to ask an evangelical preacher who likened gay couples to incest to participate in his inauguration.
19th December 2008
Comment: Gays should give Obama a break over inauguration preacher 30
3:15 PM — Forget for a moment Obama's attempts to reach across the political aisle by appointing Republicans to his Cabinet, probably the boldest and most potentially provacative move he has made so far.
Christian Institute may appeal to High Court over Ladele ruling 11
1:12 PM — A fundamentalist Christian group that financially backed a tribunal against Islington Council has said the case may go to the Court of Appeal.
Christian registrar loses employment tribunal appeal over civil partnerships 32
12:10 PM — An employment tribunal appeal has ruled that Islington council is not guilty of either religious discrimination in the case of a Christian registrar
17th December 2008
Sarah Palin’s “ex-gay” church targeted in arson attack 10
4:05 PM — The home church of Governor of Alaska and former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin suffered an arson attack on Friday night.
16th December 2008
Catholic and Orthodox bishops enthuse about the joys of (heterosexual) marriage 17
3:27 PM — Roman Catholic and Orthodox bishops have issued a statement about the importance of marriage - for heterosexuals.
Sweden’s highest court rejects same-sex marriage case 3
2:32 PM — A gay couple who got married in Canada should not be regarded as a married couple under Swedish law, a court has ruled.
15th December 2008
Christian registrar’s case rubbished by tribunal appeal judge 15
2:18 PM — The chair of an employment tribunal appeal panel has indicated he is unlikely to back a Christian registrar who wanted to opt out of performing civil partnerships on religious grounds.