19th September 2013
Scotland: Legal experts agree that a legal challenge against churches over equal marriage is unlikely 8
5:51 PM — Legal experts have responded to suggestions that churches which opt out of performing same-sex marriages will face legal challenges, to say that they are unlikely to face lawsuits on human rights grounds.
24th June 2013
Church of Scotland’s first openly gay minister enters into civil partnership 3
3:07 PM — The Church of Scotland’s first openly gay minister has entered into a civil partnership.
20th June 2013
Church of Scotland: Ten Congregations set to split in rows over gay ministers 13
1:28 PM — Following the dispute over allowing ministers in same-sex relationships, up to ten congregations are now set to leave the Church of Scotland.
19th June 2013
More congregations leave Church of Scotland in row about ministers in same-sex relationships 8
3:07 PM — Members of one of the Church of Scotland's biggest congregations on the Western Isles have voted to leave the Kirk over the issue of ordaining gay ministers in active same-sex relationships.
16th June 2013
Church of Scotland could lose £1 million a year in givings, over gay ordination row 14
2:33 PM — Congregations have begun to resign from the Church of Scotland, with six having already quit, over a recent decision to allow gay ministers to be ordained.
30th May 2013
Scotland: Highland congregations threaten to leave Church of Scotland over gay ministers 12
5:06 PM — Two congregations in the Scottish Outer Hebrides have threatened to leave the Church of Scotland over the ordination of gay ministers.
20th May 2013
Church of Scotland set to debate ordination of gay clergy 3
10:49 AM — The Church of Scotland is due to debate today whether it will continue to allow the ordination of lesbian and gay ministers. Around 850 ministers will take part in the annual General Assembly in Edinburgh this week.
13th May 2013
Church of Scotland moderator ‘terrified’ ahead of vote on gay clergy 11
2:04 PM — The Moderator of the Church of Scotland has revealed that she is "terrified" of an upcoming debate on the ordination of gay clergy, which has the potential to cause the largest schism within the church since the 19th century.
22nd April 2013
Church of Scotland faces renewed internal division on gay ministers in sexual relationships 5
12:20 PM — It is claimed up to 50 congregations may leave the Church of Scotland if the General Assembly votes next month to allow the ordination of ministers who are in same-sex sexual relationships.
17th April 2013
Liturgy for same-sex blessings published by Church of Scotland 5
3:26 PM — For the first time in its 450-year history, the Church of Scotland has published a liturgy – a formal ritual – for the blessing of those in civil partnerships.
16th April 2013
Church of Scotland to debate ordaining gay ministers 12
5:37 PM — The governing body of the Church of Scotland is to debate the issue of gay ministers.
15th March 2013
Scotland: Gay clergy row Aberdeen minister returns to former church 6
2:37 PM — An Aberdeen minister and his congregation who quit the Church of Scotland over the 2009 ordination of a gay minister are to be temporarily allowed back into their former church building.
14th March 2013
Church of Scotland to have meeting over gay clergy row 12
5:09 PM — The Church of Scotland is to meet to discuss a minister who left the Church, along with his congregation, over the ordination of a gay minister.
8th February 2013
Scotland: Church minister and worshippers leave Church of Scotland in gay clergy row 34
11:23 AM — The minister of a church in Aberdeen and its members have quit the Church of Scotland over the issue of gay clergy and have decided to set up in a hotel instead.
23rd January 2013
Scotland: SNP local chair quits over Scottish equal marriage proposals 28
3:41 PM — A Scottish National Party official has resigned after 22 years, and said that one of his reasons for doing so was Alex Salmond's plans to legalise equal marriage.
12th December 2012
Scotland refuses to ban ‘any church’ from providing same-sex marriages 23
11:21 AM — All religious institutions – including the Church of Scotland – will be free to decide for themselves if they would like to provide marriages for gay couples, under plans announced today.
Scotland: Charity regulator called in to settle gay clergy row 6
2:34 AM — The charity regulator has been called in to settle a divide between a Kirk, and the Church of Scotland, arising from the issue of allowing gay clergy to serve.
5th October 2012
Scotland: Church minister defects over gay clergy 56
9:27 PM — A minister has quit the Church of Scotland over the issue of gay clergy.
26th July 2012
Archbishop to meet partner of MP he suggested died early ‘because he was gay’ 92
3:45 PM — The new Catholic Archbishop of Glasgow Philip Tartaglia is to meet the partner of an MP he suggested died prematurely because he was gay.
14th June 2012
Scotland: Glasgow kirk splits from Church of Scotland over gay clergy 47
10:28 PM — A church in Glasgow has become the first kirk to split from the Church of Scotland over its decision to appoint openly gay members of the clergy.