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  • 26th September 2011

    Gay Church of Scotland minister backs same-sex marriage 17

    Scott Rennie backs gay marriages

    2:45 PM — An openly gay minister in the Church of Scotland has backed calls for marriage equality. The Rev Scott Rennie, whose 2009 appointment threatened to split the church, said the change should be "celebrated".

  • 22nd September 2011

    Pope faces hostility from gay groups in Germany 38

    The Pope is visiting Germany

    3:30 PM — Pope Benedict's first official visit to his homeland of Germany is expected to meet strong opposition today from up to 20,000 people, including gay rights campaigners, feminists, atheists and church abuse survivors.

  • 21st September 2011

    Video: Foo Fighters play ‘gay love song’ to God Hates Fags church 26

    The Foo Fighters teased anti-gay protesters

    2:34 PM — The Foo Fighters found an unusual way to hit back at anti-gay protesters picketing their gig at the weekend - by performing a 'gay love song' for them.

  • 19th September 2011

    Unitarian church disappointed by ‘discriminatory’ gay marriage plans 33

    The Unitarian Church wants to hold gay weddings

    5:13 PM — The chief officer of the British Unitarian Church says he is disappointed by the announcement of a government consultation on gay marriage. Derek McAuley said it would be discriminatory not to allow religious gay marriages and questioned why the process could not begin before Christmas, rather than the scheduled date of March 2012.

  • 8th September 2011

    ‘God Hates Fags’ church to picket Ground Zero and Nevada National Guard funerals 44

    The church blames the ills of the United States on the country’s decision to decriminalise homosexuality

    10:26 AM — The anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church, that pickets military funerals with signs saying 'God Hates Fags' will picket the funerals of three Nevada National Guard soldiers as well as protesting at the site of Ground Zero on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

  • 19th June 2011

    Church of England to publish guidance on appointment of celibate gay bishops 162

    Dr Williams said that he has no problem with the introduction of celibate gay bishops

    2:21 PM — The Church of England is due to publish advice tomorrow that gay clergy who are in civil partnerships will be entitled to become bishops, so long as they promise to remain celibate.

  • 31st March 2011

    UK civil partnerships consultation opens 91

    Gay couples will be allowed religious civil partnerships

    12:15 PM — A government consultation on the future of UK civil partnerships opens today. Interested parties are being asked to give their views on ceremonies being permitted in religious buildings, if faiths wish to hold them.

  • 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.

  • 9th February 2011

    Wisconsin lesbian minister could be removed from clergy 7

    Rev DeLong (right) and her partner Val (Photo: Reconciling Ministries Network)

    1:34 PM — A lesbian minister in the US state of Wisconsin is to appear before a church trial. Rev Amy DeLong will face charges after she presided over a 2009 ceremony for a lesbian couple and registered her own relationship as a domestic partnership.

  • 24th January 2011

    ‘God hates fags’ church furious at film about anti-gay murderer 48

    The church at an earlier protest

    5:49 PM — The anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church picketed the Sundance Film Festival yesterday over a film about a homophobic preacher who begins murdering people he thinks are gay.

  • 12th January 2011

    Arizona prevents anti-gay church picketing killed 9-year-old’s funeral 34

    Children from the church at another picket

    3:58 PM — The US state of Arizona has quickly pushed through legislation to ban the picketing of funerals. The Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church had planned to picket the funeral of a nine-year-old girl to gain publicity but now says it will not disrupt the event in exchange for air time on radio stations.

  • 24th November 2010

    Archbishop asks Anglicans to keep unity over gay bishops 11

    The Archbishop of Canterbury is calling for unity

    11:15 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has asked Anglicans worldwide to pledge to maintain unity over gay bishops and same-sex 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.

  • 21st November 2010

    Pope says male prostitutes could use condoms as first step in their ‘moralisation’ 27

    A mock-up of a Pope sponsored condom

    5:05 PM — Sexual health charities, politicians and gay rights campaigners have welcomed what appears to be a relaxation in Pope Benedict XVI's opposition to the use of condoms. In an interview for a book that is due to be published this week, the Pontiff argued that in some cases, the use of condoms can be the first step in the direction of "moralisation" of an individual.

  • 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.

  • 8th November 2010

    First out gay bishop Gene Robinson to retire early 5

    Gene Robinson will retire early

    12:14 PM — The openly gay Bishop of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson, has announced he will retire early. Rev Robinson will be 65 when he retires in 2013, seven years before the usual retirement age for bishops.

  • 4th November 2010

    Bishop of Wakefield says church must listen to gay people 20

    The Bishop of Wakefield said that the church must listen to gay people

    5:01 PM — The Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Revd Stephen Platten, says that the Church of England must listen to gay people inside and outside the church. Writing after attending a gay group's meeting, he said he felt "shamed" because he had not listened to gay people.

  • 23rd February 2010

    Bishops call for gay civil partnerships in church 43

    Senior and retired clergy said faiths should be allowed to hold the ceremonies

    10:38 AM — Senior clergy in the Church of England called today to lift the ban on gay couples having civil partnerships in church. They said that it was inconsistent and discriminatory to ban gay couples having their ceremonies in churches willing to accommodate them.

  • 12th February 2010

    Protestors will tell Pope to ‘snog off’ 39

    The kiss-in will take place on Valentine's Day

    5:36 PM — A 'kiss-in' will be held as part of Sunday's Valentine's Day protest against the Pope's visit to the UK. Demonstrators plan to march from London's Westminster Cathedral to the Italian embassy in Grosvenor Square and those willing are being asked to take five minutes to publicly show their love for their partners.

  • Church of England approves pension rights for gay civil partners 7

    The Church voted for equal pension rights for civil partners

    12:13 PM — The Church of England General Synod yesterday approved giving the civil partners of deceased gay clergy equal pensions rights. This means that they will be given the same pensions benefits as heterosexual widows or widowers.

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