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  • 10th April 2006

    Gay group condemns Pope’s “satanic” speech 3

    The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has branded the pontiff's remarks as “verging on the unhinged“

    12:00 AM — A gay group has launched an attack on the Pope days before his Good Friday speech where he is expected to condemn gay civil partnerships as "satanic."The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has branded the pontiff's remarks as "verging on the unhinged."

  • Seminary head calls for gay rabbi talks 1

    The Conservative Jewish movement has promised to discuss gay rights

    12:00 AM — Now is the right time to lift a ban on gay rabbis, according to the new chancellor of a seminary at the heart of the Jewish Conservative movement.Arnold Eisen, seen as a leading Jewish scholar, was appointed head of the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) yesterday.

  • 7th April 2006

    Bishop calls for universal gay marriage opposition 1

    The minister expressed hope that the Protection of Marriage Amendment would be introduced in the Senate in June

    12:00 AM — A senior US bishop has called on all Roman Catholics to oppose gay marriage by supporting a marriage amendment law.Bishop William Skystad, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops said a law protecting marriage was the only way to ban gay unions in the constitution.

  • 5th April 2006

    Catholic university allows gay film festival

    University of Notre Dame President Reverend John Jenkins gave the go ahead on the basis of academic freedom

    12:00 AM — A gay film festival has been allowed to go ahead at a Roman Catholic university.University of Notre Dame President Reverend John Jenkins gave the go ahead on the basis of academic freedom, after spending two months considering allowing the event along with a screening of the Vagina Monologues.

  • 31st March 2006

    Bishops’ backtrack on gay rights

    LEAC announced that 57.5% of respondents would oppose, in secret ballot, provisions for church blessing of same-sex partnerships

    12:00 AM — Episcopal bishops in the United States, if voting secretly now, would turn away from two critical votes in 2003 which championed a pro-homosexual agenda, according to a survey by Lay Episcopalians for the Anglican Communion (LEAC).The convention votes divided their church and caused the worldwide Anglican Communion to put about 2 million Americans in limbo.

  • First Minister criticises Church’s gay adoption view

    enior Bishops are seeking a “conscience clause” giving the church and other faith-based groups the right to reject applicants to their adoption agencies on the basis of gender

    12:00 AM — Scotland's first minister has condemned claims by a prominent Roman Catholic that the Scottish Executive is giving in to political correctness through gay adoption policies.The Rt Rev Joseph Devine, Bishop of Motherwell told Jack McConnell he would not support "politically correct zealots" and would not "stand by and watch the destruction of Christian values and truth."

  • US bishops may “repent” gay policy

    Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Anglican Bishop, said that he believed that the Anglican Communion will eventually come to embrace gay men and women, although it is unlikely to be in his lifetime.

    12:00 AM — American bishops will "repent" for creating turmoil in the Anglican Church by abandoning their constant pro gay support, according to leaks from a private meeting last week.Reports suggest the American Anglican Church is ready to apologise for the consecration of gay bishop Gene Robinson in New Hampshire and may back an indefinite ban on gay marriages.

  • Church joins Australian gay marriage debate

    ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope described the bill as “an acceptance of other relationships for same-sex couples “

    12:00 AM — The Australian Church has entered into the ever increasing debate over gay marriage.Two bishops have labelled the Australian Capital Territory's plans to give gay couples marriage rights a step to far and have called for an abandonment of the Civil Partnership Bill.

  • 29th March 2006

    American TV networks ban pro-gay Church adverts

    The church has spent $1.5m on the campaign

    12:00 AM — Citing policies to refuse controversial or religious advertising, all for major television networks in the United States have refused to air a gay-friendly advertisement for the United Church of Christ.A 30-second commercial for the church showing a gay couple, a single mother and a disabled man flying out of their pews as an unidentified hand pushed a red "ejector" button" will begin airing on cable networks and Spanish-language channels in April.

  • 28th March 2006

    Brokeback Mountain wins Gay film award. 5

    Brokeback Mountain wins Gay film award.

    12:00 AM — "Finally an award that means something," sighed Ang Lee happily as Brokeback Mountain claimed a gong in New York.In it's 17th annual awards, The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) named the "gay cowboy movie" it's top film of the year.The writer and actor Bruce Vilanch, who has written the Oscar shows for several years, hosted the glamorous evening at the Manhattan Hotel, and presenters included Michael Douglas and Sandra Bernhard.

  • Gay Church Advert is only like Will and Grace, says Church leader

    Gay Church Advert is only like Will and Grace, says Church leader

    12:00 AM — CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox have all decided not to show an advertisement that portrays a gay couple being banished from a church.The commercial shows a gay couple, a single mother, a disabled man, and others being ejected from their pews by a giant supernatural hand pressing a big red button. Text on the screen reads, "God doesn't reject people. Neither do we."

  • 27th March 2006

    Norwegian bishop suggests gays seek therapy

    Bishop Kvarme defended his remarks on television and insisted he wasn't suggesting counselling for gay people

    12:00 AM — A Norwegian bishop has been condemned by public figures after suggesting gay people change their sexual orientation by visiting a psychiatrist.Norway's top actress slammed Oslo Bishop Ole Christian Kvarme, and was joined in opposition to his remarks by senior politicians and government officials.

  • Pope’s gay views “in line with Hitler” 4

    He referred to the Pope's former membership of the Hitler Youth Movement in Germany in the 1940s

    12:00 AM — Pope Benedict XVI's gay stance is as bad as prejudices of "Hitler and Himmler" in Nazi Germany, according to an Irish Senator.Senator David Norris criticise the pontiff over his constant condemnation of homosexuality and refused to take "moral instructions from a man with a swastika on his arms."

  • 23rd March 2006

    Bishops still undecided on gay priest issue after retreat

    gay bishop debate rages on

    12:00 AM — As Episcopal bishops end their annual retreat ahead of the 2006 Episcopal Council, the issue of ordaining openly gay bishops is top of the agenda.3 out of 7 candidates put forward in the Diocese of California are living with same sex partners, and arguments about their possible ordination could create an unreachable schism in the Church.

  • Gays not welcome at Rhode Island Cemetery

    Mr Paolino feels that he would like their relationship to be acknowledged.

    12:00 AM — Rick Paolino's gay civil partner Justin died suddenly at home last month and was buried at St Ann's Cemetery. When he went back a month later to order the inscription on the gravestone, he was shocked when cemetery officials turned down his requests for the words "late husband", "spouse" and even "beloved".Bereaved Mr Paolino feels that he would like their relationship to be acknowledged. "

  • “Ecumenical winter” in Rome as Archbishop plans to visit Pope 1

    “Ecumenical winter” in Rome as Archbishop plans to visit Pope

    12:00 AM — The Anglican church might be tearing itself to pieces trying to decide whether to consecrate gay bishops, but Pope Benedict certainly knows where he stands on the issue.The American church's decision to consecrate gay bishop Gene Robinson has set the Anglicans and Catholics further apart, and the blessing of same-sex unions in Canada's Anglican Church has added to the tension between the two largest branches of the Christian church. It's a climate that former Archbishop John Carey has called "ecumenical winter".

  • 22nd March 2006

    Mormons threatens to excommunicate member who held a legal gay marriage

    The church said that only allows heterosexuals to be members

    12:00 AM — The Mormon Church is threatening to excommunicate a long-time member who legally married his long-term male partner in Toronto, Canada last year.Buckley Jeppson, 57, married Mike Kessler in 2004, but says senior church official recently told him his life is incompatible with the doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and that a disciplinary council would address the matter.

  • Vicars weigh in on both sides of gay marriage issue

    The Rev Doug Donley: God guides vicars on Gay marriage issue. One gets green light, the other sees red

    12:00 AM — The Rev Steve Goold and the Rev Doug Donley found themselves on opposites sides of the debate as their prayers to god for guidance on the issue of gay marriage gave them both different answers.Mr Goold, senior pastor of the Crystal Evangelical Free Church in New Hope said that he felt compelled by God to voice his objection in the gay marriage debate at the Minnesota Capitol.

  • Gay Iraqis face death squads 1

    Cleric's Fatwa leads to violence against gay people in Iraq

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveDeath Squads searching for gay men are active in Iraq, claims exiled poet Ali Hili. Transsexuals, he claims, are being burned and beaten to death in Baghdad.The murdered Iraqi men are "usually discovered with their hands bound behind their back, blindfolds over their eyes and bullet wounds in the back of the head", Mr Hili asserts.

  • 21st March 2006

    Bishop speaks out against gay adoption

    Bishop opposed to gay adoption

    12:00 AM — San Franciscan Archbishop George Niederauer has only been in office a month but he's making his presence felt with an anti gay adoption approach.He wants the social services arm of the Archdiocese of San Francisco to bring it's adoption programme "fully in sync" with the church's views while continuing to find homes for hard-to-place children, according to spokesman Maurice Healy.

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