22nd May 2007
South African churches reject gay weddings
5:56 PM — Four Christian churches in South Africa have said they will not bless same-sex marriages because they say they are "contrary to scripture."The Anglican Church, Catholic Church, Baptist Church and Presbyterian Church have all confirmed that they will not officiate or bless gay unions.The Methodist Church is still undecided on the issue. Same-sex unions are legal in South Africa.
Gay bishop excluded from Anglican conference 17
1:20 PM — The controversial Bishop of New Hampshire has not been invited to the Lambeth Conference next year, Lambeth Palace revealed today.Conservative and liberal branches of the worldwide Anglican communion have been at loggerheads over the issues of homosexuality and same-sex unions ever since a Gene Robinson, an openly gay man, was ordained as a bishop in the US in 2003.
Church report into homophobia advocates “ex-gay” counselling
11:45 AM — Northern Ireland's largest Protestant church has produced a report on homophobia which has been accused of being homophobic.The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has over 300,000 members and 560 congregations in Ireland.Its controversial report by the Social Issues and Resources Panel will not be published until June, but was leaked to the BBC.
18th May 2007
Comment: Farewell to Falwell, saying goodbye to hate 7
12:18 PM — It was June 2004 and I was covering Tulsa, Oklahoma's Pride Festival.I stood watching the parade of proud members of our GLBTI community march through the streets.As the parade came to an end the parade watchers were invited to follow the parade down the route and into the park that was holding the festival, our festival, a safe haven for our community to be free.
17th May 2007
Anglican crisis deepens as diocese opts out 3
7:28 PM — The diocese of Fort Worth, Texas, has decided to reject the spiritual authority of the US Episcopalian church and seek alternative oversight.The announcement marks a further disintegration in the unity of the Anglican communion and the authority of US Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori.Bishop Jack Iker, bishop of the diocese, is a leading traditionalist who opposes women priests as well as gay ones.
16th May 2007
Homophobic preacher Jerry Falwell dies 6
11:33 AM — He blamed gays and lesbians for the 9/11 terrorist attacks and made himself a household name by claiming Teletubbie Tinky Winky was gay.Now the founder of the Moral Majority, the Reverend Jerry Falwell, is dead at 73.Ron Godwin, Liberty University's executive vice president, told Associated Press Falwell had been found unresponsive in his office.
10th May 2007
City aims to shed homophobic image 1
3:41 PM — It seems some of Colorado Springs' residents have had enough of the city's anti-gay reputation.The city of nearly 2 million people is the second-largest in Colorado and home to several airforce bases and the home of NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defence Command.It is also noted for the concentration of religious groups such as Focus On The Family.
9th May 2007
Cardinal: homosexuality a form of prostitution 3
5:27 PM — The opposition of the Roman Catholic church to gay Pride parades reached a new low today when the Archbishop of Riga called homosexuality "total corruption in the sexual arena" and "an unnatural form of prostitution."An open letter from Cardinal Janis Pujats demands a referendum on the issue of same-sex marriage and calls on crowds of people to take to the streets of Riga to oppose the Pride march on June 3rd.The Cardinal calls gay Pride a "foreign-inspired action."
US Anglican churches defy Williams 9
12:46 PM — A controversial African primate has defied the Archbishop of Canterbury and established a breakaway branch of the church opposed to gay priests.Archbishop Peter Akinola of Nigeria accused the Anglican leadership of being "insulting and condescending" to the rest of the church.He performed a ceremony to establish American bishop Martyn Minns as head of a new church branch under his control in Nigeria.
Jews and Muslims back Pope over gay rights 5
11:32 AM — The Chief Rabbi of Rome has weighed into the controversy surrounding gay rights.Riccardo Di Segni has said people of the Jewish faith must oppose moves to grant limited recognition to same-sex and unmarried couples.The main Islamic group in Italy has also backed the stance of the Roman Catholic church.
8th May 2007
Learn your rights at free gay law event
4:11 PM — A special free event designed to inform gay, lesbian and bisexual people of their rights has been organised by award-winning solicitors Russell Jones WalkerPink Law - Know Your Rights At Home, At Work At Play is sponsored by PinkNews.co.ukMembers of the gay community will be able to get free access to information about the range of new laws affecting their lives.
3rd May 2007
“Gay American” seeks solace in the priesthood 1
1:22 PM — The former Governor of New Jersey, who came out of the closet on live television, is to train for the priesthood.Jim McGreevey has been in the headlines for months over his divorce and custody battle. Now it has been revealed that he is in the first stages of becoming an Anglican priest.The church, called Episcopalians in the US, is split over the issue of gay clergy.
1st May 2007
Pope backs bullet bishop 10
12:04 PM — A spokesman for Pope Benedict XVI has said he is shocked by the threats made against the life of an Archbishop leading the Roman Catholic church in Italy's opposition to gay rights.Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco was sent a live bullet in the post last week.A police guard had already been put in place last month after Archbishop Bagnasco's cathedral in Genoa was attacked by vandals.
30th April 2007
Outspoken bishop gets more death threats 10
12:12 PM — An Italian bishop who compared moves to give gay couples some rights to incest and child abuse is under police guard after he was sent a live bullet in the post.The guard was put in place earlier this month after Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco's cathedral was attacked by vandals.At Sunday Mass security was stepped up with two bodyguards accompanying the Archbishop.
27th April 2007
Gay bishop plans civil union
3:21 PM — Gene Robinson has welcomed the introduction of civil unions in the state where he is bishop, and said he hopes to take advantage of his new rights as soon as possible.His election as Bishop of New Hampshire in 2002 made him the first openly gay man to reach such a high position in the Anglican church.His elevation also caused an ongoing row within the church.
26th April 2007
Gay bishop’s election “a great blessing” 1
4:00 PM — The head of the Anglican church in the United States has praised the ordination of an openly gay man as Bishop of New Hampshire.While acknowledging that it may take many years to bring the worldwide Anglican communion to a common position on the issue of gay clergy, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori compared the struggle for gay acceptance to slavery and female ordination.
25th April 2007
Church of Scotland “sinfully” intolerant of gays 3
10:10 AM — A report by prominent members of the Church of Scotland concludes that it is institutionally homophobic and they must embrace lesbian and gay Christians.The Presbyterians are the largest Protestant denomination in Scotland, with 520,000 members.The report into same-sex partnerships from the working group of the Mission and Discipleship Council will be presented to the General Assembly next month.
24th April 2007
Vatican official launches another anti-gay rant
11:13 AM — A senior Roman Catholic official has launched a wide-ranging attack on modern life in what many see as yet another attempt by the church to influence Italian domestic politics.Speaking to an audience of priests, Archbishop Angelo Amato said that the media are responsible for presenting abortion and gay rights are signs of progress in human society.The church is planning a rally in Rome next month.
23rd April 2007
Free event for gays to find out their legal rights
10:00 AM — A special free event designed to inform gay, lesbian and bisexual people of their rights has been organised by award-winning solicitors Russell Jones Walker. Pink Law - Know Your Rights At Home, At Work At Play is sponsored by PinkNews.co.ukMembers of the gay community will be able to get free access to information about the range of new laws affecting their lives.
19th April 2007
Gay hate church to picket gun rampage funerals 4
2:31 PM — The Westboro Baptist Church has announced they will picket the funerals of the 32 victims of the shooting spree at Virginia Tech.The church are notorious for their anti-gay views, and often protest at the funerals of American military personnel killed in Iraq."The evidence is they were not Christian. God does not do that to his servants," a church spokesperson told CBS news.