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.
29th July 2013
Pope Francis: Who am I to judge gay people? 128
12:59 PM — In a significant development Pope Francis has said that gay people should not be judged or marginalised and should be integrated into society.
Bishop of Shrewsbury: Marriage will remain as a union between man and woman in the eyes of Christianity 84
11:57 AM — The Bishop of Shrewsbury says the recent signing into law of equal marriage for England and Wales doesn’t change Christian teaching on marriage and sexual morality.
26th July 2013
Successor to disgraced Cardinal Keith O’Brien promises renewal following priest scandal 52
3:42 PM — The successor to Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who resigned following sexual misconduct allegations, has promised to drop the incendiary language used by his predecessor in political rows over issues such as equal marriage in favour of a more conciliatory tone.
10th July 2013
Elton John praises Pope Francis as he’s named ‘Man of the Year’ by Vanity Fair 47
10:53 AM — Sir Elton John says Pope Francis “is a miracle of humility in an era of vanity”.
12th June 2013
Latin American Catholic Church group says ‘sorry’ for Pope Francis’s ‘gay lobby’ remarks 2
11:01 AM — A Latin American Catholic Church group has apologised for the "confusion" caused by the publication of members' accounts of a meeting with Pope Francis where he is quoted as referring to a “gay lobby” inside the Curia.
11th June 2013
Pope Francis: There is a ‘gay lobby’ at the heart of the Vatican ‘it exists’ 51
2:07 PM — Pope Francis has admitted to the existence of a "gay lobby" inside the Vatican's secretive administration, the Curia, according to AFP.
7th June 2013
Catholic Church: We will continue to oppose the equal marriage bill in the Lords 45
12:59 PM — The Catholic Church says it plans to continue actively opposing the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill on the grounds of religious “protections” following this week’s vote in the House of Lords.
28th May 2013
US: Catholics told to fast and pray ahead of Supreme Court equal marriage rulings 18
3:59 PM — The US Conference of Catholic Bishops is calling on worshippers to fast and pray in the hope that it will help the US Supreme Court to rule against gay equality.
26th April 2013
Northern Ireland: Catholic bishops lobby assembly members ahead of equal marriage debate 20
10:48 AM — Catholic bishops in Northern Ireland are writing to assembly members urging them to vote against a motion which would legalise equal marriage.
12th April 2013
South African cardinal: ‘I can’t be accused of homophobia because I don’t know any homosexuals’ 65
6:22 PM — A South African cardinal has rejected accusations that he is homophobic, saying it is impossible because he knows no gay people.