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10:29 AM — An openly gay man who was nominated to train as a Church of Scotland minister has withdrawn his candidacy.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.
Gay minister faces new challenge in ‘disrepute’ allegation
12:18 PM — Openly gay minister Scott Rennie, whose appointment threatened to split the Church of Scotland, is facing a new challenge after it was claimed his congregation had not known he was gay.
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.