14th December 2012
Bishop of Buckingham: Church will be a fool to squander the option of ‘getting real’ by backing same-sex marriage 24
12:59 PM — The Bishop of Buckingham, Alan Wilson, the most senior member of the Church of England to back the Out4Marriage campaign for marriage equality has warned that the Church of England risks squandering a “precious opportunity to get real” by backing same-sex marriage.
10th October 2012
US: 63 ex-Catholic priests in Washington to announce support for equal marriage 6
12:04 AM — A group of 63 ex-Catholic priests in the US state of Washington are due to announce their support for Referendum 74, the vote on equal marriage in the state, which will take place next month.
7th August 2012
New Archbishop of Glasgow ‘wishes he never linked MP’s death to being gay’ 92
10:31 AM — The Archbishop-elect of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia, has said he wishes he had 'never alluded' to the death of late gay MP David Cairns being linked to his sexuality when he spoke at a debate on religious freedom.
12th June 2012
Church of England: Marriage equality proposals ‘legally and conceptually flawed’ 128
11:44 AM — The Church of England has said allowing gay couples to marry in civil ceremonies will "dilute the meaning of marriage for everyone" and put its role performing marriages on behalf of the state in jeopardy.
23rd April 2012
Cutting Edge Consortium: Faithful, secularists and humanists resolve to confront religious right 22
12:36 PM — Adrian Tippetts reports from the Cutting Edge Consortium's meeting in London this weekend, where the Bishop of Salisbury and Angela Eagle MP were among those discussing religion and homophobia.
7th March 2012
Reform Judaism backs gay marriage 29
10:08 AM — The Movement for Reform Judaism has officially backed gay marriages in a week in which church leaders have renewed their opposition to marriage equality for gays.
16th January 2012
Chris Bryant attacks Church of England ‘silliness about homosexuality’ 34
1:30 PM — Gay MP Chris Bryant has criticised the Church of England, writing that it “needs to forget its silliness about homosexuality” and its teaching that "homophobia is immoral” and “it’s fine and dandy to be gay just so long as you don’t do anything about it.”
15th January 2012
Gay dean to sue Church of England after twice being rejected as bishop due to his sexuality 93
12:47 PM — Britain’s most senior openly gay cleric has threatened to sue the Church of England unless it promotes him to Bishop. The Very Rev Jeffrey John, currently the Dean of St Albans has twice been overlooked to become a bishop due his sexuality. Dr John is in celibate civil partnership.
14th December 2011
Australian lesbians turn down bishop’s offer after school refuses their child 28
12:36 PM — A couple in Australia whose child was rejected from a Catholic school because of their sexuality have been offered a place after intervention by the diocese's bishop, but they have turned down the offer.
3rd November 2011
Video: Gay bishop Gene Robinson on inequality and the 99% movement 12
3:13 PM — Openly gay Right Reverend Gene Robinson, Bishop of New Hampshire talks about the worldwide Occupy movements and the need to protect society's vulnerable.
26th October 2011
Catholic leader tells Scottish health minister that gay marriage will be ‘harmful’ 162
10:46 AM — Catholic leaders have claimed that gay marriage will be "harmful" to society in talks with Scottish health secretary Nicola Sturgeon. Ms Sturgeon met Bishop of Paisley Phillip Tartaglia yesterday as part of a government consultation on the issue.
6th October 2011
Cameron faces religious backlash over gay marriage comments 203
11:33 AM — Religious leaders have criticised prime minister David Cameron's public backing for gay marriage. Giving his keynote speech at the Conservative party conference in Manchester yesterday, Mr Cameron urged the party to back the move because of its Conservatism, not in spite of it.
12th September 2011
Scottish Catholic Church steps up attack on gay marriage 127
12:35 PM — The Catholic Church in Scotland has intensified its attacks on proposals to give gay couples the right to marry. Bishop of Paisley Philip Tartaglia, who is expected to become the next Archbishop of Glasgow when Mario Conti steps down, said marriage equality would be "an act of cultural vandalism".
10th January 2011
Elton’s son’s welfare is at risk, former bishop claims 44
11:07 AM — The former Bishop of Rochester, the Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, has claimed that Elton John and David Furnish's new baby psychological welfare is at risk. The cleric said he was concerned that baby Zachary had been born by surrogate mother to two fathers and suggested that John was too old to be a dad at the age of 64.
6th January 2011
Lesbian priests wed in Massachusetts 9
5:32 PM — Two high-level female Episcopal priests married in Massachusetts on New Year's Day. The wedding of Rev Mally Lloyd and Rev Katherine Ragsdale is thought to be a first for the US.
9th November 2010
Five Anglican bishops convert to Catholicism over gay bishops and female clergy 31
1:59 PM — Five Church of England bishops have announced they are converting to Catholicism over the row about female clergy and gay bishops. The Vatican recently invited dissatisfied Anglicans to convert.
8th November 2010
First out gay bishop Gene Robinson to retire early 5
12:14 PM — The openly gay Bishop of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson, has announced he will retire early. Rev Robinson will be 65 when he retires in 2013, seven years before the usual retirement age for bishops.
10th February 2010
Gay bishop’s civil partnership postponed 5
5:42 PM — Northern Ireland Bishop Pat Buckley has postponed his civil partnership after his fiance got "stressed out" with the media attention.
4th February 2010
Gay bishop Pat Buckley to have a civil partnership 51
6:43 PM — Northern Ireland Bishop Pat Buckley has announced he will wed his boyfriend in a civil partnership ceremony next week.
25th January 2010
Senior bishops call on Lords to retain gay employment exemptions 40
3:00 PM — A statement from three senior bishops calls on peers today to retain and even widen religious exemptions on employing gay people. It says churches will be sued under legislation in he Equality Bill