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.
2nd December 2011
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."
4th October 2011
Aberdeen minister resigns over gay clergy 156
11:15 AM — A church minister in Aberdeen has resigned over the issue of gay clergy. Reverend Peter Dickson, of High Church in Hilton, said he felt "genuine sorrow" at taking the decision. He said that the decision to accept openly gay clergy meant his position was becoming "untenable".
31st August 2011
Storm over Scottish lesbian church minister’s civil partnership 82
10:22 AM — A minister at a Scottish church has announced she plans to have a civil partnership. Reverend Lynn Brady, of Newburgh Parish Church in Fife, told her congregation this week of her plans.
15th June 2011
Two more Scottish congregations want to leave over gay ministers 23
5:20 PM — Two more Church of Scotland congregations are considering a split over the issue of gay ordinations. Stornoway High Church and Hilton High Church may leave the main church after the General Assembly backed a move towards gay ministers, the Herald reports.
9th June 2011
Scottish church may break away over gay ministers 50
11:47 AM — A church in Aberdeen is expected to break away from the Church of Scotland over the issue of gay ministers. Gilcomston South Church, which has a congregation of around 400, will formally vote on the issue at a later date.
8th June 2011
Tensions rise again over the Kirk’s position on gay ministers 19
4:14 PM — Tensions are brewing once again at the Presbyterian General Assembly over the Church of Scotland's stance on accepting gay ministers.
30th May 2011
Kirk leaders believe more Scots ministers will come out following last week’s vote to allow gay clergy 76
2:41 PM — The Church of Scotland is expecting a number of its ministers to come out as gay after last week's historic vote to allow gay men and women to practice clergy.