21st December 2011
Exclusive: Scottish Catholic Church uses ‘hate group’ research to fight gay marriage 101
5:07 PM — The Scottish Catholic Church has argued against equal marriage rights for same-sex couples, saying "exceptionally hazardous" gay relationships lead to shorter life expectancies, relying on a study which was discredited by its own authors for this purpose ten years ago and a paper authored by the founder of the US Family Research Institute.
15th December 2011
Filipino gays perform updated Christmas carols for Catholic Bishops 11
9:55 AM — A group of rights campaigners in the Philippines has lobbied the country's Catholic Bishops Conference with an unusual round of carol-singing, including Jingle Bells rewritten with a human rights theme.
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.
9th December 2011
50,000 respond to Scotland’s gay marriage consultation 85
1:42 PM — More than 50,000 responses have been submitted to the Scottish government’s consultation on the introduction of gay marriage. SNP (Scottish National Party) ministers support the move but some in the party oppose allowing gay couples to marry.
2nd December 2011
MPs move to strike down religious civil partnership rules 100
10:37 AM — A small group of MPs is echoing calls made in the House of Lords that new regulations for civil partnerships may force places of worship to marry gay couples alongside straight ones. Edward Leigh, a Catholic Conservative backbencher said the House of Commons was not able to debate the regulations properly.
Church of Scotland will follow “will of God” to oppose gay marriage 137
9:53 AM — The Church of Scotland has made its official response to the Scottish government's consultation, standing in opposition to equal marriage rights for gay couples, saying it has "a responsibility to shape public opinion in accordance with what it understands to be the will of God."
30th November 2011
Scottish Roman Catholic leader to speak for new gay marriage opposition group 101
10:46 AM — The leader of the Catholic church in Scotland is speaking today at the Edinburgh launch of a new coalition which opposes the introduction of equal marriage rights.
21st November 2011
Malta’s ruling party signals recognition for gay couples 12
4:10 PM — Some form of recognition for Maltese gay couples has now been promoted by both parties sitting in the country's Parliament.
15th November 2011
Catholic Charities group abandons battle against Illinois’ equal treatment law 26
4:27 PM — Religious organisations claim their prolonged challenge of the law requiring equal treatment for gay couples will mean they cannot afford to continue operating.
8th November 2011
Poland’s first gay and trans MPs to be sworn in 16
11:54 AM — Anna Grodzka is believed to become the first sitting trans MP anywhere in the world when she is sworn in with Robert Biedron today.
7th November 2011
57% of church-going Christians may reject Conservatives over gay marriage 95
12:22 PM — A new survey finds 83% of regular church attendees were opposed to changing the law to encompass gay unions.
4th November 2011
US Catholics retract article that said homosexuality could be “explained by the devil” 45
11:00 AM — Religious publishers apologised for "failing to spot theological error" before the article was posted to their website.
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.
21st October 2011
Hundreds mourn gay Canadian teenager Jamie Hubley 14
12:59 PM — Around 700 people attended the funeral of gay teenager Jamie Hubley in Ottawa yesterday. The 15-year-old killed himself a week ago after suffering homophobic bullying and depression.
17th October 2011
Video: SNP leader Alex Salmond urges gay people to be proud 104
4:56 PM — SNP leader Alex Salmond has filmed an 'It Gets Better' video to encourage Scottish LGBT young people to be more visible. The Scottish first minister, who has been criticised by Catholic leaders for his plans to legalise gay marriage, said he wanted gay people to be "proud of who they are".
13th October 2011
Head of Scottish Episcopal Church backs gay marriage consultation 33
2:12 PM — The head of the Episcopal Church in Scotland has given his support to the consultation on marriage equality. The Most Rev David Chillingworth wrote that it is the government's right to legislate for the change.
10th October 2011
Catholic archbishop urges Scottish parishes to oppose gay marriage 72
11:45 AM — The Archbishop of Glasgow, Mario Conti, has written to all Scottish parishes to urge them to oppose plans to give gay couples the right to marry. He said that churches would "actively campaign" to block marriage rights for gay people and warned that the move would create "larger divisions" in society.
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.
28th September 2011
Scottish faith groups call for gay marriage 130
10:04 AM — A coalition of faith groups has announced its support for introducing gay marriage in Scotland. The group does not include the Church of Scotland or the Scottish Catholic Church.
20th September 2011
Lesbian would-be Tory leader Ruth Davidson wants more faith schools 157
5:15 PM — MSP Ruth Davidson, who hopes to become the next leader of the Scottish Conservative Party, says she would back more faith schools.