14th August 2009
Scottish minister quits Kirk over gay ordination 10
5:39 PM — A Church of Scotland minister has quit both his post and the Kirk over the ordination of an openly gay man. John MacLeod, 39, from the Church's World Mission at St Andrew's Kirk in Nassau, Bahamas, resigned in June.
Religious groups planning to derail gay protections in Equality Bill 126
2:15 PM — A number of faith groups are planning to fight anti-discrimination protections for gay people in the Equality Bill. An email seen by PinkNews.co.uk suggests the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is throwing its support behind the efforts.
Priest’s anger over Archbishop of Canterbury’s remarks about gays 17
11:48 AM — A Romford priest has written an open letter to Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams after Dr Williams said the gay "lifestyle" was at odds with the church's teaching.
7th August 2009
Glasgay festival’s play Jesus, Queen of Heaven upsets Christians 54
1:00 PM — Fundamentalist Christians have claimed that a play to be performed later this year as part of the Glasgay arts festival is insulting to their beliefs.
5th August 2009
Church of England groups push for gay ordinations 10
11:52 AM — A number of progessive groups in the Church of England are pushing for gay ordinations of bishops and same-sex blessings.
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.