6th March 2014
Pope Francis: ‘Matrimony is between a man and a woman’ 81
11:18 AM — Pope Francis says “matrimony is between a man and a woman” but has hinted that he could eventually accept the principle of civil partnerships.
11th February 2014
Archbishop of Dublin: ‘Homophobia is an insult to God’ 12
6:03 PM — The Archbishop of Dublin says “homophobia is an insult to God”.
3rd February 2014
National Secular Society: Catholic adoption agency ruling ‘kicks a hole’ through gay rights law 16
3:17 PM — The National Secular Society says a Catholic adoption agency in Glasgow should not be allowed to maintain its charitable tax status because it discriminates against same-sex couples.
20th January 2014
Newly appointed Spanish cardinal: Homosexuality is a ‘deficiency’ that can be cured 37
3:53 PM — A new Spanish cardinal appointed by Pope Francis has begun his tenure by describing homosexuality as a deficiency and suggesting the need for gay people to undergo corrective treatment.
8th January 2014
Former Irish president praised for speaking out against homophobia in the Catholic Church 7
10:56 AM — Ireland’s former president Mary McAleese has been praised for calling on the Catholic Church to rethink its stance on homosexuality.
7th January 2014
Former Irish president urges Cardinal Keith O’Brien to tell life story in order to help gay people 27
12:03 PM — Ireland’s former president has strongly criticised the Catholic Church for its views on homosexuality and suggests Cardinal Keith O’Brien should share his life story in order to help gay people who have felt the need “to pretend to be heterosexual”.
17th December 2013
American LGBT magazine The Advocate names Pope Francis as ‘Person of the Year’ 29
12:07 PM — One of America’s most influential LGBT magazines has named Pope Francis as its “Person of the Year”.
15th November 2013
Survey: More than half of UK Catholics under 50 support equal marriage
3:22 PM — More than half of Catholics in the UK aged under 50 now say “same-sex marriage is right” – according to research by YouGov.
1st November 2013
Vatican launches Catholic survey on gay relationships, equal marriage and other social issues 15
12:26 PM — The Vatican is conducting a worldwide survey on how Catholics interpret social issues such as same-sex marriage, gay relationships and birth control.
10th October 2013
Pope Francis blesses gay Catholic group in written letter 85
5:57 PM — Pope Francis has reportedly blessed a group of gay Catholics in Italy.
3rd October 2013
Obama ‘hugely impressed’ by Pope Francis 11
11:44 AM — Barack Obama says he’s been “hugely impressed” by Pope Francis’ recent remarks admitting the Roman Catholic Church was “obsessed” with preaching about abortion, same-sex marriage and contraception.
30th September 2013
Scottish Archbishop: Catholics may need ‘two weddings’ as a result of equal marriage plans 37
1:26 PM — The Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh says the introduction of equal marriage in Scotland may mean Catholics will have to exchange their vows twice.
John Paul II who described same-sex marriage as ‘evil’ to become saint in April 2014 36
12:06 PM — Pope John Paul II, who famously described gay rights advances such as same-sex marriage as a “new ideology of evil”, will be declared a saint on 27 April 2014, Pope Francis has announced.
13th September 2013
Scottish singer Michelle McManus: ‘I’m Catholic and I support equal marriage’ 25
2:02 PM — Scottish singer Michelle McManus has said she disagrees with the Catholic Church’s opposition to equal marriage, in a video recorded for the Equality Network’s It’s Time campaign.
10th September 2013
Survey: A quarter of people in the UK disagree with homosexuality, but acceptance continues to rise 69
2:03 PM — The 30th British Social Attitudes survey has been released: Amid the findings is that 1 in 4 people in the UK still disagree with homosexuality, though the overall trend is one of increasing acceptance.
30th August 2013
Greg Mulholland MP says Lib Dem MPs ‘pilloried’ in party for voting against equal marriage 48
11:55 AM — Liberal Democrat MP Greg Mulholland says Members of his party who voted against this year's same-sex marriage bill had been "pilloried" by fellow colleagues.
26th August 2013
Bishop of Honolulu: Equal marriage could lead to polygamy and incest 85
12:44 PM — The Bishop of Honolulu has warned against attempts to legalise equal marriage in Hawaii.
31st July 2013
Archbishop of New York: Pope Francis remains opposed to gay relationships 26
11:41 AM — The Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, says Pope Francis remains opposed to same-sex relationships.
30th July 2013
NYC mayoral candidate Christine Quinn: Pope Francis’ comments about gay people are ‘terrific’ 8
7:13 PM — Christine Quinn, the gay Democratic candidate who’s leading the field to become the next mayor of New York City says Pope Francis' latest comments on gay people are "terrific".
Peter Tatchell: Pope Francis still presides over homophobia despite saying he won’t judge gay people 12
12:41 PM — Pope Francis has offered a "change of tone" on gay people "but not a change in substance," says Peter Tatchell.