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  • 14th April 2006

    Slavery and sexuality – A Jewish gay group embraces homosexuality this Passover 1

    Passover is all about the freeing of the Jews from slavery thousands of years ago

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk Exclusive FeaturePinkNews.co.uk's Nikki Sinclair and Sarah Pinn report on a Jewish gay group using the festival of Passover to celebrate freedom from both oppression and homophobia."I bet when you were a child sitting at the Seder table with your family you never thought one day you would end up here!"This was Rabbi Mark Solomon's opening gambit at the communal Seder night for the Jewish Gay Lesbian Group (JGLG.)

  • 13th April 2006

    “Abused” Priest quits Church

    “Abused” Priest quits Church

    12:00 AM — A Roman Catholic Priest who sued his own diocese for alleged abuse by another priest has left the priesthood.John Nesbella cited criticism from other clergy over his decision to highlight the issue of gay priests with his court case, as the reason behind his decision to leave. The move brings to an end a career in the church that has spanned 25 years.

  • 10th April 2006

    Do you fancy a bagel? Meet the Jewish gay students group

    What would you like on your bagel? Students enjoyed a piece of gay and Jewish life

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk Exclusive FeatureBenjamin Cohen went to meet BaGeLs, the Jewish LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) students group meeting for the first time in Soho bar, the Friendly Society."What would you like on your bagel? We've got humus, cream cheese, salmon pate or smoked salmon with cream cheese." I was asked as I arrived to the inaugural meeting of BaGeLs (standing I think for Bisexual and Gay even Lesbian students).

  • Give gay Jews marriage rights, rabbi says 1

    The Jewish Conservative movement in America has agreed to discuss gay marriage rights

    12:00 AM — Jewish gay marriage should be supported whether or not the Conservative moment agrees, according to a US rabbi.Rabbi Michelle Robinson, a scholar at the Temple Emanuel, New England, told congregants in a sermon, that tradition should not be a stumbling block to "textual interpretations."

  • Prankster looks for lesbian love in Church

    The request for a lesbian partner is believed to be a prank, but it is unclear how editors missed the material

    12:00 AM — Churchgoers have expressed shock after finding adverts for lesbian encounters in their Catholic newspaper.The advertisement appeared in Alive, an Irish church magazine, from a "Catholic lady" looking for a lesbian partner.It said, "Single Catholic lady, 38, seeks female companion for fun trip to Lesbania" and included a box number for replies.

  • 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. "

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