17th February 2009
Utah battle for gay rights turns ugly with homophobic ad campaign 18
5:08 PM — Gay people are the same as "druggies and hookers," according to full page adverts carried by major newspapers in Utah over the weekend.
Home Secretary asked to ban God Hates Fags protesters 18
4:03 PM — A Conservative MP has written to the Home Secretary about a threatened protest in her constituency by an American fundamentalist group.
British Muslims who object to homosexuality could be classed as extremists 21
3:39 PM — New plans to widen the definition of who is an extremist in the eyes of the British government could include Muslims who object to homosexuality.
God Hates Fags church claim they will hold first UK protest 13
11:45 AM — A leading member of a homophobic church group in the US has claimed that they intend to picket in this country. Shirley Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas said it would be their first protest in the UK.
16th February 2009
Priest who thinks God uses hurricanes to punish gays will not become bishop 8
12:59 PM — A priest who claimed Hurricane Katrina was "divine retribution" on New Orleans for being tolerant towards gay and lesbian people has said he will decline an appointment as a bishop.
No gays on Speaker’s conference but DUP preacher is appointed 7
12:06 PM — A special parliamentary committee that is examining ways of making the House of Commons more diverse has no gay members.
13th February 2009
American TV station pulls homophobic infomercial after gay complaints 7
4:26 PM — A local television station in the United States has pulled a one hour programme paid for by a notoriously homophobic "family" group.
Roman Catholic Church ready to fight gay equality in Portugal 8
3:45 PM — The leaders of the Catholic Church in Portugal have been accused of interfering in the political process after the country's bishops said they would fight proposals to introduce gay marriage.
“Cross-dressing” man is latest victim of Bahrain’s morality purge 8
1:12 PM — A driving instructor has been jailed for one month in Bahrain for wearing women's clothing in public. A court was told the 39-year-old was wearing a abaya.
God Hates Fags church threatens to picket Basingstoke 93
12:33 PM — A small religious community from Kansas notorious for picketing funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq have said they are to protest in England.
12th February 2009
Governor of Utah commits to equal rights for same-sex couples
3:49 PM — The Republican leader of the US state of Utah has said he backs civil unions for gay and lesbians. According to opinion polls, 70% of Utah citizens oppose civil unions.
Gay humanists back Dutch MP’s right to criticise Islam 25
2:52 PM — A gay humanist group has said the Home Secretary was wrong to ban a Dutch MP who is critical of Islam. Geert Wilders has been denied permission to enter Britain.
11th February 2009
Tennessee man pleads guilty to shootings at gay-friendly church 2
1:00 PM — An 58-year-old jobless man in Tennessee has admitted to the killing of two people and the wounding of six others at a church last year.
9th February 2009
Catholic leader who attacked gay families wants union with Church of England 15
5:31 PM — A Roman Catholic Cardinal who has repeatedly attacked gay adoption and civil partnerships has addressed the legislative body of the Church of England.
Christian charity’s funding restored after after row about gays 8
3:01 PM — A charity that runs an old people's home in Brighton will have its funding restored by the local council after it promised to ask future residents about their sexual orientation.
6th February 2009
Tony Blair talks of his religious experiences at prayer breakfast 5
5:21 PM — When Alastair Campbell, Director of Communications at Number 10, was asked about Tony Blair's religious faith, he famously replied, "We don't do God."
Comment: Tony Blair’s call to restore religious faith “to its rightful place” 15
5:08 PM — It is an honour to be here. A particular honour to be with you Mr. President. The world participated in the celebration of your election.
Obama criticised for creating office for “faith-based” partnerships 7
4:39 PM — American civil rights groups have expressed concern at the formation of a new White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighbourhood Partnerships.
Gay humanists celebrate 200th anniversary of birth of Charles Darwin 1
4:04 PM — A joint celebration will be held in London next week. The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) will be marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin.
‘So Macho’ preacher hits back with bus adverts claiming God exists 35
3:17 PM — A fundamentalist preacher who unsuccessfully stood for public office has paid for adverts to be placed on London buses proclaiming the existence of God.