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  • 22nd March 2007

    Brazil’s considers outlawing homophobia

    Last year, the Brazilian government sponsored a debate on GLBT rights at a Mercosur conference of ten South American nations.

    10:30 AM — Debate continues in Brazil over government proposals to criminalise homophobia.Under the proposals, Roman Catholic priests and other clergy might face two to five years in prison for preaching against homosexuality.A rector of a seminary who refuses admission to a homosexual student could face three to five years.

  • 20th March 2007

    Russian faith groups come out against Pride march 4

    If the march is banned again, the organisers will appeal with the European Court of Human Rights.

    5:25 PM — Russia's Orthodox Church announced today that it is opposed to the planned Moscow gay Pride parade, as it believes homosexuality is harmful to society.Gay activists plan to hold the parade on the 14th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Russia.Representatives of Russian Muslims and Jews joined the calls for a ban on the parade.

  • Italian family day out to oppose gay rights 1

    The rally will take place in Rome's central San Giovanni Square.

    3:56 PM — Catholic organisations in Italy have announced that May 12 will be "Family Day", featuring a demonstration in Rome against legislation which will could give legal rights to civil unions.The planned civil unions will be both for heterosexual and homosexual couples, a proposal that has outraged the Catholic Church.The Family Day manifesto does not specifically mention the laws, but focuses on calls for legislation promoting more traditional families.

  • Anti-gay propaganda from Christian activists on YouTube

    The Christian protest against the SORs will be held in Parliament Square tomorrow at 12 noon for one hour.

    2:18 PM — An offensive video created by an unnamed Christian group denouncing the new Sexual Orientation Regulations is circulating on YouTube.The footage shows a primary school teacher reading about homosexuality to a group of small children.It comes with a warning that nobody aged under 18 should view it.

  • 19th March 2007

    Swedes could be allowed gay church weddings 3

    photo: megan ann@flickr

    11:40 AM — The Church of Sweden has given its support to proposals that would allow gay couples to marry in church ceremonies on the same basis as heterosexual couples.An official government report, due to be presented next week, would amend existing marriage laws to ensure that all couples have the same marriage rights regardless of their sexual orientation.Bishop Claes-Bertil Ytterberg, head of the Church of Sweden's Västerås diocese, signalled his support for the changes.

  • 16th March 2007

    Cardinal says Pope should stop giving orders

    Earlier this week the Pope said that politicians have a moral duty to vote against gay marriage or partnership legislation.

    5:43 PM — An Italian cardinal has criticised other church leaders for opposing the legal recognition of same-sex partnerships.Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini told Italian pilgrims in Bethlehem yesterday that, "The Church does not give orders."His statement is seen by many as a clear rebuke to the Pope's stance in the current Italian same-sex union row.

  • Gay students to study at conservative rabbi school 1

    In 1992 Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson wrote a paper advocating gay ordinations and unions. The paper also advocated lifting the ban on gay sex.

    11:40 AM — A Los Angeles college of Conservative Judaism has accepted openly gay applicants for the first time since the ban on gay ordination was lifted.A spokeswoman for The Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies (L.A. University of Judaism) announced on Tuesday that a gay man and a lesbian will enrol at the school in the autumn.At the Conservative movement's beacon school, the Jewish Theological Seminary, the policy is still being debated.

  • 15th March 2007

    Gay bishop says coming out is God at work

    “If you want to know my homosexual agenda, it's Jesus,“ Bishop Robinson said.

    5:37 PM — The openly gay bishop of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson, has robustly defended his position.At a public meeting in Washington DC Bishop Robinson claimed that of the nearly 8000 parishes in the American Episcopal Church, only 47 have sought guidance from outside bishops after his ordination."If you want to know my homosexual agenda, it's Jesus," Bishop Robinson said.

  • Southern Baptist in “babies born gay” row 1

    While being gay might be a biological reality, it is still sinful.

    1:18 PM — One of America's foremost evangelical clergymen has angered many Christians by saying there might be a biological explanation for homosexuality.Rev. R. Albert Mohler wrote in an article on his website earlier this month entitled "Is Your Baby Gay? What If You Could Know? What If You Could Do Something About It?"In it he says that while being gay might be a biological reality, it is still sinful.

  • 14th March 2007

    Vatican attacks kids attending gay rights rally 1

    L'Osservatore Romano  is published daily in Italian and weekly in several other languages.

    11:14 AM — The official newspaper of the Vatican has lambasted the demonstration in Rome on Saturday to demand legal rights for unmarried same sex couples. L'Osservatore Romano said that children attending the event were the victims of abuse.50,000 activists took to a Roman piazza and rallied in support of a bill that would offer greater legal protection to unmarried couples.

  • 13th March 2007

    Clergyman refuses to marry straight couples

    The Americans had caused tension with traditional churches by performing the blessings.

    5:09 PM — An American Episcopal clergyman has announced that he will not perform marriage ceremonies as a protest against the church's bar on gay unions.A conference of Anglican primates from around the world last month urged the American communion, known as Episcopalians, to desist from appointing openly gay bishops and blessing gay partnerships.The Americans had caused tension with traditional churches by performing the blessings.

  • 12th March 2007

    Christian teen group hold San Francisco rally

    The event is a way for young Christians to protest against destructive aspects of culture. photo: battlecry.com

    2:40 PM — Thousands of teenagers from a Christian ministry gathered in San Francisco at the weekend to rally against homosexuality and other moral corruptions they think affect their generation.More than 20,000 teenagers converged on the city 's ATT baseball park to participate in "BattleCry," a two-day extravaganza featuring Christian rock and religious inspiration and worship.

  • Catholics protest gay rights from the pulpit 5

    The church hierarchy have so far not made clear if they will close their adoption services by 2009.

    10:39 AM — In a clear indication that the Catholic church's fight over the Sexual Orientation Regulations is far from over, the Archbishop of Birmingham has urged his flock to write protest letters to the government.A letter was read out at all churches in the diocese at Mass yesterday, telling Roman Catholics to write to their MPs about the regulations, which outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation when accessing goods and services.

  • 1st March 2007

    Synod falls out over civil partnerships for gay priests 1

    Earlier yesterday the Synod passed a compromise resolution on gays in the church.

    10:35 AM — Conservative and liberal Anglicans joined forces yesterday evening to defeat the bishops at the Church of England Synod over gay priests.The hierarchy wanted their view that gay and lesbian clergy can have civil partnerships as long as they stay celibate, ratified.However, the Synod did reject an evangelical motion saying that civil partnerships undermine marriage.

  • 28th February 2007

    Synod takes a middle way in gay debate 1

    The divisions over gay priests and the Church's attitude to same-sex partnerships was highlighted last week at the primates meeting in Tanzania.

    5:42 PM — The General Synod of the Church of England has passed a compromise resolution on gays in the church.Some delegates were wary of re-opening the debate about the place of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in the church just a week after a meeting of Anglican primates exposed the division in the worldwide communion.The Bishop of Gloucester, Rt Rev Michael Perham, said it was the wrong time to talk about gay priests.

  • 27th February 2007

    Anglicans appear sex obsessed admits Williams 1

    There are two motions up for discussion about gay people tomorrow.

    10:00 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury yesterday told the General Synod of the Church of England that the public view of their congregation is of one obsessed with carnal matters.The synod meets twice a year to discuss the business of the church, and is made up of bishops, priests and lay people.Dr Williams, opening the four-day meeting, told delegates about the outcome of the primates meeting last week in Tanzania.

  • 23rd February 2007

    US students roadtrip to anti-gay colleges 1

    Calvin College, which Princeton Review ranked as one of the worst schools in the nation for gay students, has invited the Equality Riders for dialogue and shared worship services.

    3:18 PM — Next month fifty young adults will board two buses for what promises to be the trip of a lifetime.The eight-week Soulforce Equality Ride will bring them to 32 Christian colleges with policies that silence or exclude lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students.Their mission: to open a dialogue about the painful consequences of discrimination and the religion-based prejudice that sustains it.

  • Baptist churches face child sexual abuse condemnation 2

    In the past six months SNAP has received reports of about 40 cases of sexual abuse by Southern Baptist ministers.

    1:09 PM — America's largest Protestant denomination has come under fire over alleged child sexual abuse committed by its clergy.A victims' advocates group, Survivors' Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), called on Monday for a zero-tolerance policy on sexual abuse within the Southern Baptist church.Southern Baptist leaders have argued that it is impossible to investigate molestation claims across the denomination.

  • Anglican church could “divorce” admits Williams 4

    His comments follow a five-day crisis meeting in Tanzania last week, where Anglican leaders met to discuss gay rights within the church.

    10:57 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has said that the Anglican Church may split over the acceptance of gay priests.Last night, Dr. Rowan Williams revealed that the liberal and conservative branches of the church may not be able to reach agreement over gay and lesbian Christians.The disagreement could lead to the fragmentation of the Anglican communion.

  • 22nd February 2007

    Vatican attack Tony Blair over adoption

    The church-run adoption agencies have until the end of 2008 to comply with the regulations.

    10:45 AM — A senior Roman Catholic official has criticised the Prime Minister's decision not to allow church-run adoption agencies to opt-out of gay rights legislation.The proposed exemption caused a Cabinet row when it was first proposed.Under pressure from his own MPs, Mr Blair finally conceded that Roman Catholic adoption services would be covered by the Sexual Orientation Regulations.

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