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  • 31st March 2006

    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.

  • 20th March 2006

    Liberal Islamic scholar forced to pull out of gay rights speech by Muslim leaders

    Peter Tatchell said: “Support for a liberal, progressive Islam is an urgent priority“

    12:00 AM — The liberal Islamic theologian, Sheikh Dr Muhammad Yusuf, has been pressured to pull out of a lecture he was due to give tonight in London to raise funds for the gay rights activist Peter Tatchell, following protests and warnings by Muslim leaders.Dr Yusuf was due to call for an "Islamic Reformation" to an audience primarily made up of gay men and women.The engagement has allegedly provoked the wrath of senior Islamic clerics, who warned they could not guarantee his safety if the lecture went ahead.

  • 16th March 2006

    Gay Mormon faces dismissal 1

    A gay Mormon group, Affirmation, believe that his dismissal would be the first time a Mormon in a gay partnership has been punished in this way

    12:00 AM — A gay Mormon is facing expulsion from the church after marrying his partner in Canada.Buckley Jeppson has revealed that he received a verbal warning that his actions oppose the doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and that disciplinary action may be taken.

  • Minister cleared after conducting gay marriages

    She was tried by the judicial body with the threat of a 30 year ban from the ministry

    12:00 AM — A Presbyterian minister has escaped punishment for officiating over the marriage unions of two lesbian couples.The commission of the Presbytery of the Redwoods, ruled that the Rev. Janie Adams Spahr actions were justified within her "right of conscience" as a Christian when she performed the commitment ceremonies.

  • 14th March 2006

    Gay group finds God

    The place of homosexuality in Christianity has been a hot issue over recent years

    12:00 AM — America's oldest gay rights group has announced plans for a partnership with Protestant congregations, in a move which leaders say will be their biggest challenge yet.The move by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, is an unprecedented joining of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups with secular and faith-based organisations. Their work with the Institute for Welcoming Resources is aimed at increasing the number of people of faith supporting equality for LGBT people.

  • Rape claims in gay sauna

    Police thanked staff at the sauna for their co-operation and encouraged witnesses to contact them in confidence

    12:00 AM — A man is claiming to have been raped in a gay sauna, according to police.Detectives are investigating the allegation which an 18 year old said took place inside the Pleasuredrome in Waterloo.He says he was attacked last Sunday by an older man inside the 24 hour establishment, which promotes itself as the best sauna for gay and bisexual men.

  • Gay issues have not harmed Australian church

    Debate on the ordination of homosexual ministers to the church reached a peak in Australia between 1996 and 2001

    12:00 AM — Arguments over gay ministers have not damaged the Uniting church in Australia, according to new figures on church membership.The National Church Life Survey, which conducts research on connecting the church and the wider community, revealed that church congregations reduced more from the death of elderly members than any other factor.

  • Church thanks gay bishop for facing alcohol issues 5

    Mr Robinson is the Episcopal Church's first openly gay bishop, last month he revealed he was being treated for alcohol addiction

    12:00 AM — Portsmouth parishioners have thanked Episcopal Bishop V. Gene Robinson for publicly admitting to his alcohol problems.The bishop was praised after delivering a sermon at St. John's Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, on saving the soul.He told the Associated Press, "It feels like a homecoming, people are always friendly here, but they are unusually warm today."

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