30th October 2012
US: Priest of forty years speaks out in favour of equal marriage in Maryland 13
7:52 AM — A Baltimore priest who had served his parish for almost forty years, spoke out in a sermon urging Catholics to vote in favour of equal marriage in Maryland.
9th October 2012
Former Irish president announces support for equal marriage 15
4:19 PM — Ireland’s former president Mary McAleese says she supports marriage rights for same-sex couples.
28th September 2012
Former Irish president blasts Catholic Church over anti-gay views 83
5:32 PM — The Catholic Church is becoming increasingly isolated in its attitude towards LGBT people, the former president of Ireland has warned.
26th September 2012
Vatican diplomat: Anti-gay opponents are being ‘vilified’ for their views 83
7:29 PM — Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, who is the permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva, said the Roman Catholic Church deeply believed that human sexuality was a gift reserved for married heterosexual couples.
24th September 2012
Scottish bishop criticises Green Party over gay rights 33
12:45 PM — A Scottish Catholic bishop has condemned the Green Party for expelling one of its councillors for breaking rank over the issue of equal marriage.
21st September 2012
UK: Cardinal Keith O’Brien nominated for ‘bigot’ of the year, by Stonewall 32
8:03 PM — Stonewall, Britain’s largest gay rights charity, has nominated the UK’s most senior catholic, Cardinal Keith O’ Brien for the title of Bigot of the Year as part of its annual awards ceremony.
13th September 2012
UK Catholic adoption charity resumes anti-gay legal fight 49
1:01 PM — Catholic Care’s latest appeal in its ongoing campaign to be allowed to prevent gay couples from using its adoption services has begun at the Upper Tribunal in central London.
12th September 2012
Comment: What exactly is a ‘bigot’? 107
12:27 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk Nicolas Chinardet assesses the ‘bigot’ row that has hit Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg in the past 24 hours.
France moves closer towards equal marriage and same-sex adoption rights 22
11:09 AM — The French government has confirmed plans to introduce equal marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples.
5th September 2012
UK Catholic Bishop says equal marriage is a ‘gathering storm’ for Christians 76
11:06 AM — The Bishop of Shrewsbury, Rt Rev Mark Davies, has launched another attack on the government’s plans to introduce equal marriage.
26th August 2012
Scottish government urged to “stand firm” on equal marriage decision 13
7:36 PM — Supporters of equal marriage rights have put pressure on the Scottish government to stand by their policy on equal marriage, following condemnation by the Catholic Church today.
Scottish Catholic Church: Today we can save marriage from ‘subversion’ by gays 87
1:37 PM — The Catholic Church in Scotland has declared today ‘National Marriage Sunday’ and has this morning had a letter read out in 500 Catholic parishes condemning the Scottish government’s plans to legislate for equal same-sex marriage
24th August 2012
Opponents of marriage equality gather to protest Scottish government’s legislation plans 47
10:29 AM — A cabinet meeting hosted by the Scottish leadership at Renfrew Town Hall yesterday drew a crowd of around 200 people protesting against their government's plans for marriage equality.
19th August 2012
Cardinal snubs Scottish government over equal marriage 102
1:57 PM — Britain's most senior Roman Catholic has moved to further isolate himself with Alex Salmond’s government after suspending direct communication over the issue of equal marriage.
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.
6th August 2012
France: Catholic Church opposes gay adoption in revived national prayer 42
3:20 PM — The Catholic Church in France is reviving a tradition begun in the 17th century of praying for the country on 15 August to hope the government does not listen to "special requests" and to oppose gay adoption.
30th July 2012
Scotland: Catholic Church challenged on reduced gay life expectancy claim 72
1:50 PM — The co-convenor of the Scottish Green Party Patrick Harvie MSP has challenged the Scottish Catholic Church to produce evidence for its claim that gay relationships harm life expectancy.
US: Catholic diocese backs out of mansion sale on gay wedding fear 54
12:36 PM — An estate agent acting for a Catholic diocese in the US state of Massachusetts accidentally revealed to a gay couple that their purchase of a 44-room estate had fallen through on the anti-gay concerns of the priests.
26th July 2012
Catholic Church in Scotland: Society ‘should not facilitate gay relationships’ 77
1:45 PM — Following the government's announcement that it would legislate to allow gay couples to marry in Scotland, the Catholic Church has continued to claim homosexuality is 'hazardous and dangerous' and said 'no society' should 'facilitate or encourage' them whether through marriage or other recognition.
23rd July 2012
Milan: Catholic Church in polygamy warning over gay civil union register 39
4:15 PM — Following the mayor of Milan's promise of a register of gay civil unions, the Catholic Church has warned it could legitimise polygamy.