15th June 2011
Two more Scottish congregations want to leave over gay ministers
5:20 PM — Two more Church of Scotland congregations are considering a split over the issue of gay ordinations. Stornoway High Church and Hilton High Church may leave the main church after the General Assembly backed a move towards gay ministers, the Herald reports.
9th June 2011
Scottish church may break away over gay ministers
11:47 AM — A church in Aberdeen is expected to break away from the Church of Scotland over the issue of gay ministers. Gilcomston South Church, which has a congregation of around 400, will formally vote on the issue at a later date.
30th May 2011
Kirk leaders believe more Scots ministers will come out following last week’s vote to allow gay clergy
2:41 PM — The Church of Scotland is expecting a number of its ministers to come out as gay after last week's historic vote to allow gay men and women to practice clergy.
25th May 2011
Scottish minister resigns over gay clergy
3:12 PM — Another Church of Scotland minister has resigned over the issue of gay clergy. The Reverend Roddy MacRae, minister of Glenelg and Kintail, said he would stand down after the Kirk's general assembly voted to accept gay and lesbian ministers in future.
23rd May 2011
Church of Scotland ends moratorium on gay ministers
6:02 PM — The Church of Scotland has voted to end an moratorium on ordaining gay ministers. A temporary ban was instituted in 2009 after anger over the ordination of an openly gay man, the Rev Scott Rennie.
Church of Scotland to debate gay ministers today
11:43 AM — The Church of Scotland will debate today whether gay ministers should be ordained. The General Assembly will decide whether to retain a ban on ordaining gay ministers until a report is published next year.
26th April 2011
Church of Scotland leaders to discuss special commission report on same-sex relationships
12:02 PM — The Church of Scotland's leaders will discuss the Special Commission's report on same-sex relationships and the ministry at May's General Assembly meeting.
21st April 2011
Thousands could leave Church of Scotland over gay clergy
11:10 AM — A substantial number of members could leave the Church of Scotland if gay clergy are permitted, a report says. The church was threated by a schism two years ago when an openly gay man in a relationship was ordained.
24th May 2010
Church of Scotland condemns imprisonment of Malawian gay couple
2:39 PM — Reverend Ian Galloway, convener of the Kirk's Church and Society Council, has condemned the jailing of a Malawian gay couple as "unjust".
18th May 2010
Entire congregation quits over appointment of gay Scottish minister
5:30 PM — A Church of Scotland congregation in the Bahamas has quit the church in protest over the ordination of gay ministers. The 200-year-old parish of St Andrew’s in Nassau, the capital of the islands, decided to follow Reverend John MacLeod when he announced he would resign.
26th April 2010
Church of Scotland could ban ministers who have sex outside marriage
12:06 PM — The Church of Scotland could consider banning ministers who have sex outside of a marriage as a way to deal with the issue of gay ministers.
22nd April 2010
Church of Scotland holds secret ballot over gay ministers
3:21 PM — The Church of Scotland has held a secret ballot of ministers and elders on whether it should allow gays and lesbians to be ordained.
18th November 2009
Scottish presbytery ‘broke gay moratorium’ by accepting gay man for training
3:56 PM — A Church of Scotland court has upheld a complaint that a presbytery broke the moratorium on gay clergy by nominating a gay man for training as a minister. It said no new gay candidates would be taken on.
6th November 2009
Daily Mail columnist Jan Moir wins Stonewall Bigot of the Year award
11:29 AM — Jan Moir, the Daily Mail columnist whose column on the death of gay Boyzone singer Stephen Gately provoked widespread anger, won the Stonewall Bigot of the Year Awards last night jointly with Father John Owen, the priest who said most paedophiles were gay.
17th September 2009
Scottish would-be gay minister withdraws candidacy
10:29 AM — An openly gay man who was nominated to train as a Church of Scotland minister has withdrawn his candidacy. The man, named as Dmitri Ross, is in a civil partnership. He was nominated this month by Hamilton Presbytery.
8th September 2009
Church of Scotland selects gay man to train as minister
11:23 AM — A Church of Scotland presbytery has nominated an openly gay man to begin training as a minister. The unnamed gay man, who is in a civil partnership, was nominated last Tuesday by Hamilton Presbytery, the third largest in Scotland.
3rd September 2009
Nominees for Stonewall Hero and Bigot of the Year announced
4:22 PM — The date for the fourth Stonewall Awards has been announced - along with the contenders for Bigot of the Year.
14th August 2009
Scottish minister quits Kirk over gay ordination
5:39 PM — A Church of Scotland minister has quit both his post and the Kirk over the ordination of an openly gay man. John MacLeod, 39, from the Church's World Mission at St Andrew's Kirk in Nassau, Bahamas, resigned in June.
30th June 2009
Gay minister receives standing ovation at last service
2:23 PM — Scott Rennie, the gay minister whose appointment almost caused a schism in the Church of Scotland, enjoyed a standing ovation at his last service at Brechin Cathedral.
27th May 2009
Desmond Tutu supports gay clergy
3:03 PM — Archbishop Desmond Tutu received a standing ovation when he spoke out in support of gay clergy at the Church of Scotland General Assembly yesterday.