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  • 14th April 2009

    Amnesty International attacks Iraqi president over gay murders 2

    Amnesty International has taken the unusual step of writing to Iraq's prime minister

    11:28 AM — Amnesty International has taken the unusual step of writing to Iraqi president Nouri al-Maliki to demand "urgent and concerted action" by his government to stop the killings of gay men in the country.

  • 11th April 2009

    New leader of the Catholic Church rejects Tony Blair’s comments on gay rights 60

    Archbishop Nichols rejected Blair's comments on how Catholicism treats homosexuality

    5:34 PM — The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, the new Bishop of Westminster, has dismissed Tony Blair's call for the Catholic Church to change its views on homosexuality.

  • 9th April 2009

    Rick Warren denies supporting gay marriage ban 18

    Rick Warren has denied supporting Prop 8 despite evidence

    5:27 PM — Preacher Rick Warren, who spoke out against gay marriage, has been accused of lying after he said he had never supported Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California.

  • Religious group warns of a ‘gathering storm’ over gay marriage 54

    The National Organisation for Marriage has said gay marriage will impact on the lives of its members

    3:24 PM — A religious anti-gay group has defended its latest television ad which claims that gay marriage interferes with the way its members live their lives.

  • Belfast church to challenge ruling on ‘homophobic’ adverts 3

    The church plans to challenge the ASA ruling

    2:48 PM — A Belfast church has said it will go to the high court to contest a ruling from the Advertising Standards Authority that its adverts were homophobic. Sandown Free Presbyterian Church placed the adverts in the Belfast News Letter last summer.

  • Bishop of Manchester calls on faith schools to tackle homophobic bullying 8

    The Bishop of Manchester has shown his support for tackling homophobic bullying

    12:28 PM — The Bishop of Manchester, the Rt Reverend Nigel McCulloch has voiced his support for an initiative that tackles homophobic bullying in Manchester's secondary schools.

  • 8th April 2009

    Blair criticises Vatican on gay rights 61

    Tony Blair criticised the Catholic Church over its stance on homosexuality

    10:00 AM — Tony Blair has criticised the Catholic Church over its stance on gay rights. In an interview with Attittude magazine, the former prime minister said the Vatican needed to rethink "entrenched" attitudes towards homosexuality which are out of step with the feelings of most Catholics.

  • 3rd April 2009

    Gay adoption critic named as new Archbishop of Westminster 24

    Vincent Nichols is the new Archbishop of Westminster

    12:02 PM — The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, a staunch opponent of gay adoption, has been named as the new leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. Archbishop Nichols, 63, will take over from Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor next month.

  • 1st April 2009

    God Hates Fags church raises money for LGBT support group 13

    The Westboro Baptist Church is unwittingly raising money for gay causes

    11:13 AM — Members of Westboro Baptist Church, who chant slogans such as "fags burn in hell", have unintentionally raised money for a gay rights group.

  • 31st March 2009

    US gay bishop: ‘Church should bless marriage, not legalise it’ 6

    Gene Robinson spoke out for gay rights

    4:11 PM — Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the US, has called for a separation between state and religion in the signing of marriage licences. He argued that despite religious officials frequently signing marriage licences, the state should handle the legal aspect of the ceremony, leaving churches to provide blessings.

  • 30th March 2009

    Bishop of Rochester to resign 14

    Dr Michael Nazir Ali has announced his intention to retire

    1:19 PM — The Bishop of Rochester, Dr Michael Nazir Ali, has announced his intention to resign from his post to help Christians living in Islamic areas. The bishop, who has been outspoken on the topic of homosexuality, is 59 and was expected to serve until the age of 70.

  • 27th March 2009

    The Lancet: Pope ‘distorted science’ with condom comments 9

    The Lancet has called on the pontiff to retract his comments

    1:16 PM — Respected medical journal The Lancet has criticised Pope Benedict XVI over his recent comments on condoms and AIDS and demanded he make a retraction.

  • Melbourne Catholic Church to ‘test’ potential priests for homosexuality 35

    New recruits to the church will be 'tested' on whether they are gay. (Flickr: runneralan2004)

    11:12 AM — Melbourne Catholic Church has confirmed it is following Vatican recommendations to test would-be priests to ensure they are not gay. The head of the Vatican committee which released the guidelines has also stated that celibate gays must also be banned because homosexuality is ‘‘a type of deviation’’

  • 24th March 2009

    Complaint may block young gay minister from preaching 15

    Rev Scott Rennie may not be allowed to serve in his new appointment

    5:36 PM — A meeting is to be held to discuss whether a young gay minister should be allowed to work at a Aberdeen church. Rev Scott Rennie, 36, was appointed to Queen's Cross Church in January. However, 12 members of the Aberdeen Presbytery objected to the decision because they do not approve of his lifestyle.

  • 23rd March 2009

    Muslim preacher calls for gays to be stoned to death 54

    Anjem Choudary said Lord Mandelson would be stoned to death

    2:37 PM — Hate preacher Anjem Choudary launched a vitrolic attack on gays last week in which he said that they should be stoned to death. The former lawyer added that this would include gay business secretary Lord Peter Mandelson.

  • 20th March 2009

    Northen Ireland MP Iris Robinson will not face prosecution for comparing homosexuality to paedophillia 69

    Iris Robinson compared homosexuality to paedophilia

    3:58 PM — A Northern Ireland MP who said gay people could be 'turned around' and compared homosexuality to paedophilia will not be prosecuted. Iris Robinson, the MP for Strangford, was investigated by police after complaints.

  • God Hates Fags preachers target London primary school 26

    The Phelps family is notorious for picketing funerals

    10:40 AM — Preachers from the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church have said they plan to picket a London primary school which ran lessons about gay relationships. A picket schedule on their website announces they will be at the George Tomlinson School in Leytonstone next Friday.

  • 19th March 2009

    Gay man de-baptises himself 69

    John Hunt's de-baptism certificate

    5:44 PM — A man has asked to be 'de-baptised', saying that he was too young to decide his religion at the age of five months. John Hunt, 56, says that he wants his 1953 baptism at the St Jude and St Aidan parish church in the Southwark diocese, south London, cancelled because he was not consulted and does not believe in God.

  • Rowan Atkinson attacks gay hate law 57

    Rowan Atkinson criticised anti-gay hate laws (Photo: Gerhard Heeke)

    4:00 PM — Comedian Rowan Atkinson has criticised hate speech legislation, saying that the House of Lords must vote against a government attempt to remove a free speech clause in a homophobic hatred offence.

  • Lesbian continues fight to be Presbyterian minister 7

    Lisa Larges has been fighting to be ordained since 1986.

    1:55 PM — A lesbian in San Francisco who has been a candidate for the Presbyterian ministry for 22 years is to have her case heard in church court this week. Lisa Larges' candidacy for ordination has twice been approved by her regional church authorities.

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