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  • 13th September 2011

    Lib Dems urge Scottish government not to give in to gay marriage threats 21

    Willie Rennie said the government should do what is "right and fair"

    12:07 PM — Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has urged the government not to be swayed by Catholic threats over gay marriage. While the SNP government says it is inclined to back marriage equality, Catholic leaders say it will lose the support of 800,000 Catholics if it presses ahead with the proposals.

  • 12th September 2011

    Scottish Catholic Church steps up attack on gay marriage 127

    The Scottish government is minded towards marriage equality

    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".

  • 9th September 2011

    Archbishop of Glasgow hits out at ‘foolish’ gay marriage supporters 87

    Archbishop Conti said gay marriage would be 'meaningless'

    10:15 AM — Another Scottish Catholic leader has attacked proposals to bring marriage equality to the country. Mario Conti, the Archbishop of Glasgow, said that allowing gay marriage would be "foolish" and render marriage "meaningless".

  • 8th September 2011

    Scottish Catholic leader attacks gay marriage 102

    Cardinal O'Brien said the plans would be 'strenuously opposed'.

    10:34 AM — The leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, has accused marriage equality campaigners of trying to "rewrite nature". In a strongly-worded attack on same-sex marriage, he said the plans would be "strenuously opposed".

  • 27th May 2011

    Illinois Catholic groups stop foster care services over gay parents 59

    The charities will end fostering services

    12:05 PM — Catholic charities in Rockford, Illinois, have opted to cease all foster care services to avoid having to cater to gay couples. The charities must comply with a new state law which says any organisation receiving state funds must not discriminate.

  • 1st April 2011

    Australian Catholic school accidentally allows ‘gay cure’ seminar 47

    The gay cure group says it may take legal action

    10:20 AM — A Catholic school in Australia accidentally allowed a 'gay cure' Christian group to use its premises for a seminar. St Columban's College said it immediately withdrew permission for the Miracle Christian Center's presentation after it learned the nature of the group.

  • 24th March 2011

    Survey: Most US Catholics support gay rights 185

    11:12 AM — A study of US Catholics says they are more supportive of gay rights than the general public and other Christians. The Public Religion Research Institute study found that almost half (43 per cent) of Catholics support gay marriage and 56 per cent say gay relationships are not sinful.

  • 28th February 2011

    Gay priest fired from Philadelphia Catholic university 19

    Father James St George was fired for being gay

    4:14 PM — An openly gay priest has been fired from teaching at a Catholic university in Philadelphia because he has been in a relationship with a man for the past 15 years.

  • 26th November 2010

    Apple removes ‘anti-gay’ iPhone app 30

    The app appears to have been removed

    3:45 PM — Apple has apparently removed an app from its iTunes store which rails against gay marriage and LGBT rights. The app, created by a Christian group, disappeared from the online store after media attention, first reported on PinkNews.co.uk.

  • 23rd November 2010

    Apple approves ‘anti-gay’ iPhone app 48

    A screenshot of the Manhattan Declaration app

    5:54 PM — Apple has approved an iPhone app which calls on users to sign up to a declaration against LGBT rights and gay marriage. The app is based on the Manhattan Declaration, a manifesto released in 2009 by Christian and Catholic leaders which rails against the "erosion" of marriage.

  • 22nd November 2010

    German theologian says Catholic Church homophobia ’caused by gay priests’ 12

    Many Catholic priests are gay, Mr Berger claimed.

    5:59 PM — A German theologian claims that homophobia in the Catholic Church is caused by gay priests who cannot be open about their sexuality. David Berger, an expert on St Thomas Aquinas and former publisher of a Catholic magazine, told a German publication that the Vatican needs to admit it has many gay clergy.

  • 12th November 2010

    Illinois university official ‘fired’ for announcing lesbian wedding 6

    The Catholic university said Ms Tadlock showed "disregard for fundamental Catholic beliefs".

    3:00 PM — A lesbian official at a Catholic university in Illinois claims she was fired after announcing her wedding in a local newspaper. Laine Tadlock, 60, says that her bosses at Benedictine University in Springfield were aware that she was a lesbian but fired after she announced her marriage.

  • 9th November 2010

    Five Anglican bishops convert to Catholicism over gay bishops and female clergy 31

    The Vatican invited unhappy Anglicans to join Catholicism

    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.

  • 4th November 2010

    Head of Belgian Catholic church says AIDS is ‘justice’ for gays 86

    The Catholic Church says homosexuality is "intrinsically disordered".

    11:20 AM — The head of the Catholic Church in Belgium has said that AIDS is "intrinsic justice" for homosexuality. Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard also said that elderly priests found to have sexually abused children should not be punished.

  • 25th June 2010

    Delegates at faith-based Maltese seminar condemn gay marriage 16

    Maltese Catholics and Muslims united against gay marriage

    10:34 AM — Muslim and Catholic preachers gathered at the Islamic Cultural Centre in Paola, Malta, yesterday to discuss the role of the family in a modern, globalised society, negative media coverage of faith and the issue of gay marriage, which they united against.

  • 24th June 2010

    Midwestern magazine ‘outs’ Lutheran pastor 14

    ELCA came out in favour of gay relationships last year

    12:15 PM — Lavender magazine, a gay publication based in Minneapolis-St Paul, has sent shock waves through the American gay press. Their latest cover story was written by an undercover reporter and details Pastor Tom Brock's struggles with his sexuality as told to an anonymous Catholic-run support group which claims to help gay men who are "struggling with chastity".

  • 25th May 2010

    Malta has poor record on gay rights 17

    Malta is one of the EU countries accused of failing its LGBT population

    10:26 AM — The European body of the International Lesbian and Gay Association, ILGA-Europe, has concluded that Malta does not do enough to recognise or protect LGBT rights, according to the body's recently published Rainbow Europe Country Index.

  • 4th February 2010

    Gay bishop Pat Buckley to have a civil partnership 51

    Bishop Buckley with his mother Jo in 1998

    6:43 PM — Northern Ireland Bishop Pat Buckley has announced he will wed his boyfriend in a civil partnership ceremony next week.

  • 22nd December 2009

    Mexico City becomes first Latin American capital to legalise gay marriage 22

    The decision to allow full marriage for gay couples prompted jubilation in the streets from Mexico City's LGBT community and gay rights groups

    12:47 PM — Mexico City has become the first capital city to legalise gay marriage in South America. Same sex couples have been allowed to enter civil partnerships since 2006 but the new legislation will give gay couple equal rights when it comes to family social security benefits and loans.

  • 21st October 2009

    Catholicism on trial: Christopher Hitchens and Stephen Fry attack church’s record on gay rights 163

    Stephen Fry and Christopher Hitchens argued the Catholic Church was not a force for good

    5:48 PM — The Catholic Church is not a force for good in the world: that was the overwhelming verdict after a heated debate this week. Stephen Fry and author/journalist Christopher Hitchens opposed the motion, while Ann Widdecombe and Archbishop John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria, supported it.

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