30th July 2012
Scotland: Catholic Church challenged on reduced gay life expectancy claim 72
1:50 PM — The co-convenor of the Scottish Green Party Patrick Harvie MSP has challenged the Scottish Catholic Church to produce evidence for its claim that gay relationships harm life expectancy.
US: Catholic diocese backs out of mansion sale on gay wedding fear 54
12:36 PM — An estate agent acting for a Catholic diocese in the US state of Massachusetts accidentally revealed to a gay couple that their purchase of a 44-room estate had fallen through on the anti-gay concerns of the priests.
13th July 2012
Comment: Is the Church of England homophobic? 102
4:51 PM — Stuart Ross examines a recent case of a gay vicar unable to officiate at his church because he refused to confirm his celibacy and suggests the Church of England's problem may be that it is trying to be all things to all people.
Sussex: Gay vicar under ‘homophobic’ ban for refusing to confirm celibacy 105
11:34 AM — A gay vicar in Sussex says the Church of England implemented a "homophobic" ban after he refused to say whether his civil partnership was celibate.
12th July 2012
Queensland priest relaunches campaign against ‘gay panic’ defence 9
2:22 PM — A Queensland priest who started a campaign to have the 'gay panic' comprehensively removed from local law in Australia has relaunched his campaign.
11th July 2012
South Africa: Church billboard lists homosexuality with alcoholism 20
4:43 PM — The South African Advertising Standards Authority has received a complaint over a billboard which listed homosexuality among vices and personal problems a church could help people with.
7th July 2012
US: Presbyterian Church narrowly rejects marriage equality 4
10:28 PM — The US Presbyterian Church has rejected a motion to open up marriage to gay couples. After four hours of debate on Friday, delegates at the biennial Church Assembly in Pittsburgh voted 338-308 to reject the proposals.
29th June 2012
London: School suspends Sunday church group over ‘homosexual offenders’ leaflet 58
11:52 AM — Three church groups have been suspended from using a school in East London on Sunday mornings after leaflets referring to 'homosexual offenders' were put through the doors of local houses.
26th June 2012
Church of England ‘threatens to obstruct democracy’ with equal marriage opposition 47
1:15 PM — A legal opinion commissioned by the National Secular Society says the Church of England's response to the government's public consultation on marriage equality 'confuses the issues'.
25th June 2012
New Archbishop of Uganda called gays ‘unacceptable’ but opposed death penalty bill 26
6:22 PM — The new Archbishop of Uganda has been announced as the Rt Rev Stanley Ntagali, who has spoken out against the death penalty for people convicted of homosexuality in the African state while also calling the sexual orientation "categorically unacceptable".
20th June 2012
Mormons say equal marriage would have ‘negative implications’ for UK 80
11:47 AM — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints filed a response to the government's public consultation on how to introduce marriage equality, saying gay couples should be excluded for the "good of society" and warning that the move will have "negative implications for the nation, both legal and social".
19th June 2012
Bulgaria: Church asked to repudiate priest’s call to ‘throw stones’ at Pride 29
3:16 PM — Pride organisers in the Bulgarian capital have clashed with the Orthodox Church over what event organisers see as tacit support for violence against marchers.
18th June 2012
Vicar’s petition says Church of England is ‘undermining itself’ on equal marriage issue 40
12:19 PM — A Derbyshire vicar has launched a petition to the Church of England saying it does not speak for the signatories when it opposes marriage equality for gay couples.
12th June 2012
Church of England: Marriage equality proposals ‘legally and conceptually flawed’ 128
11:44 AM — The Church of England has said allowing gay couples to marry in civil ceremonies will "dilute the meaning of marriage for everyone" and put its role performing marriages on behalf of the state in jeopardy.
1st June 2012
Sheriff not aware of death threats against pastor after ‘no homos in heaven’ song 32
10:23 AM — A local sheriff has said he is unaware of the death threats reportedly received by a pastor who oversaw a child singing a song with the words 'Ain't no homo going to make it to heaven'.
15th May 2012
Comment: Gays must be more involved if the Church of Ireland is to be more inclusive 16
12:14 PM — Stephen Spillane writes that gay members of the Church of Ireland must immerse themselves more following its recent vote on marriage and 'normative' relationships.
11th May 2012
Colombia: Partner of gay Catholic priest wins pension rights 11
1:27 PM — The gay partner of a deceased Catholic priest has been told he is allowed to have his lover's pension, despite the cleric's vow of chastity.
Church of Ireland withdraws controversial marriage motion from debate 9
11:56 AM — A motion to affirm the Church of Ireland's view of straight marriage as being the "only normative context for sexual intercourse" has been removed from this week's General Synod meeting after it provoked complaints.
10th May 2012
Church of Ireland will discuss marriage motion and ‘hurt and injury’ to gays this week 38
2:31 PM — The Church of Ireland General Synod will discuss this week the 'hurt and injury' felt by gay people as a result of the actions taken by those within the denomination in addition to a motion affirming its view that gays should not be allowed to marry.
2nd May 2012
Comment: Four reasons the Christian and Jewish faiths are set to approve equal marriage 36
4:19 PM — The greatest revision of belief within the Judaeo-Christian faiths since the Reformation is underway, Alan Austin writes.