26th May 2009
Two-year moratorium on gay ordinations in Scotland
11:19 AM — The Church of Scotland has imposed a two-year ban on new ordinations of gay ministers. The decision comes just two days after the General Assembly voted 326-267 to allow openly gay Rev Scott Rennie to serve as minister at Queen's Cross Church in Aberdeen.
25th May 2009
Church of Scotland to establish commission to examine gay clergy issue
8:49 PM — Just days after the Church of Scotland's General Assembly voted to approve the ordination of an openly gay minister, it has decided to avoid a potentially damaging debate on the issue of gay clergy. The assembly is meeting in Edinburgh decided that a commission should be establish to examine the issue and report back in 2011.
24th May 2009
Church of Scotland approves appointment of openly gay minister
11:56 AM — The Church of Scotland General Assembly last night voted to approve the ordination of openly gay minister Scott Rennie.
22nd May 2009
Evangelical groups call on Church of Scotland to back gay minister
11:43 AM — Ten Evangelical groups have urged the Church of Scotland to back the ordination of openly gay Reverend Scott Rennie. Rennie, who lives openly with his partner, was appointed as minister of Queen's Cross Church in Aberdeen by his congregation.
19th May 2009
Scottish church supports gay minister
5:08 PM — The church at the centre of a row threatening to split the Church of Scotland has offered public support to openly gay minister Scott Rennie.
18th May 2009
Ex-wife of gay minister offers public support
5:42 PM — The former wife of openly gay Rev Scott Rennie, whose ordination is threatening to create a schism in the Church of Scotland, has spoken out in his defence.
14th May 2009
Row deepens over ordination of gay minister as insults fly
5:37 PM — A supporter of openly gay minister Rev Scott Rennie has described his opponents as "terrorists". Rev Georgie Baxendale, one of Scotland’s first female preachers, said members of evangelical group Forward Together were damaging the church.
13th May 2009
Scottish minister compares supporters of gay clergy to Nazis
11:57 AM — Anti-gay Scottish minister Rev Ian Watson has compared the supporters of an openly gay minister to the Nazis.
8th May 2009
God hates fags preacher joins calls to block gay Scottish minister
12:23 PM — Fred Phelps, the leader of the Westboro Baptist Church which picket dead soldiers' funerals with chants of 'God hates fags', has said the ordination of openly gay minister Scot Rennie to a Scottish church would be an "abomination".
6th May 2009
Scottish MPs condemn clergy for attacks on gay minister
11:43 AM — Members of the Scottish Parliament have criticised the clergy for attempting to block the appointment of openly gay minister Scott Rennie.
5th May 2009
Gay Scottish minister reveals struggle over sexuality
11:00 AM — The Rev Scott Rennie, a gay minister whose appointment is threatening to split the Church of Scotland, has spoken about his struggle to face up to his sexuality and reconciling it with Biblical teachings.
1st May 2009
Evangelical group forced to apologise over gay slurs against minister
2:47 PM — An Evangelical group which spread false rumours about a gay minister has been forced to apologise. Forward Together told its members that Scott Rennie left his wife and young daughter to live with another man.
27th April 2009
Scottish ministers threaten to quit over ordination of gay man
4:35 PM — One in six Church of Scotland ministers may quit if the Kirk refuses to overturn a decision to ordain an openly gay minister, a poll has suggested.
20th April 2009
Church of Scotland’s official magazine criticises those who use the Bible as excuse for homophobia
11:38 AM — Christians who use the Bible as an excuse for homophobia have been criticised by the Church of Scotland's official magazine. The editorial in Life and Work states that the Bible cannot be taken literally.
24th March 2009
Complaint may block young gay minister from preaching
5:36 PM — A meeting is to be held to discuss whether a young gay minister should be allowed to work at a Aberdeen church. Rev Scott Rennie, 36, was appointed to Queen's Cross Church in January. However, 12 members of the Aberdeen Presbytery objected to the decision because they do not approve of his lifestyle.
12th January 2009
Gay appointment at Aberdeen church may face opposition
4:46 PM — An openly gay minister has been appointed to a Church of Scotland congregation, but sources suggest an appeal to block the move is imminent.