19th January 2009
Anger as gay bishop’s inauguration prayer is left out of broadcast 6
6:26 PM — A US broadcaster has been criticised for starting their live coverage of a concert in Washington DC celebrating the inauguration of Barack Obama after the opening prayer led by an openly gay bishop.
Gay bishop kicks off inauguration celebrations in Washington DC
3:14 PM — Openly gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson delivered the opening prayer at an Obama inauguration concert last night.
Gene Robinson: God, we give you thanks for your child Barack 3
1:14 PM — Yesterday Gene Robinson, Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire, led prayers at the start of a free outdoor celebration concert in Washington DC.
16th January 2009
US Christian fundamentalists attack gay rights measure at Euro Parliament 14
12:23 PM — An American legal group associated with homophobic Christian preachers such as James Dobson has attacked a European Parliament initiative on human rights.
15th January 2009
Government to remove incitement to homophobic hatred “opt out” 8
2:44 PM — New legislation that reforms the coroner service and criminal justice system contains a measure to protect people from incitement to hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation.
13th January 2009
US gay rights group “encouraged” by Obama’s offer to Gene Robinson 5
12:45 AM — America's leading lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans rights group has welcomed an invitation from President-elect Barack Obama’s inaugural committee to a gay bishop.
12th January 2009
Gay appointment at Aberdeen church may face opposition 6
4:46 PM — An openly gay minister has been appointed to a Church of Scotland congregation, but sources suggest an appeal to block the move is imminent.
Obama asks gay bishop Gene Robinson to deliver inauguration prayer 11
4:18 PM — US President-elect Barack Obama has appointed international gay rights champion Rt Rev Gene Robinson to deliver the invocation at the opening of his inaugural ceremony in Washington DC next week.
‘Ex-gay’ church loses funding from Dutch government 2
2:44 PM — An Orthodox Christian Group in the Netherlands has lost government financial backing over claims its members try to "cure" homosexuality.
Maltese gay politician excommunicates himself from Catholic Church 20
1:24 PM — The first openly gay candidate for parliament in Malta has protested against the Pope's hostility to homosexuality by leaving the Roman Catholic Church.
9th January 2009
Gay hate preacher complains about “no God” adverts 28
3:28 PM — The British Humanist Association has dismissed claims from a fundamentalist Christian preacher that a new ad campaign breaks industry codes of practice.
Dutch foreign minister calls in Pope’s representative for a chat about gay rights 12
1:30 PM — The Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs has summoned the Papal Nuncio to the Netherlands to the ministry and expressed objections to the approach the Holy See took at the UN over a statement on the human rights of gays.
8th January 2009
God Hates Fags church granted permission to protest at Obama inauguration 32
12:10 PM — A small religious community that has become world-famous for protesting at the funerals of American soldiers killed in action will have a presence at the inauguration ceremonies in Washington DC later this month.
7th January 2009
Free screening of documentary about religion and homosexuality 3
1:06 PM — A highly-acclaimed documentary about religion and homosexuality will be shown at a public meeting in London on Friday.
Ian Paisley to meet with standards agency about homophobic advert 8
12:30 PM — The former first Minister of Northern Ireland is to meet with the Advertising Standards Authority to discuss their ruling against an advert placed in a local paper by a Belfast church.
6th January 2009
Greek Orthodox bishop sues AIDS charity for one million euros 15
11:13 AM — Gay rights advocates in Greece have appealed for help in fighting a lawsuit against activist Leo Kalovyrnas and non-governmental organisation Synthesis HIV/AIDS Awareness.
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.