31st October 2011
Trust which demoted Christian housing manager feared loss of gay award 61
1:48 PM — Adrian Smith's demotion and pay cut were seen by many to be too severe, as housing trust sought to protect award for supporting gay youth.
24th October 2011
Christian housing manager demoted for Facebook comments on gay marriage 179
11:44 AM — A Christian housing manager has been demoted for questioning gay religious marriage on his Facebook page. Adrian Smith, 54, who works at the Trafford Housing Trust, made the remarks on his private Facebook page.
18th October 2011
‘Three deaths’ after London church advice to stop taking HIV medicine 114
1:29 PM — At least three deaths have been reported in London as a result of churches which claim to "heal" HIV and AIDS patients. According to BBC London, some evangelical Christian churches are encouraging patients to stop taking anti-retroviral drugs because God can heal them.
10th October 2011
Mugabe wants Archbishop of Canterbury to explain views on gays 72
1:47 PM — Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe wants Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams to explain the church's views on homosexuality. The African leader's spokesman said yesterday that Mr Mugabe wants to know why homosexuality is being "prescribed" to Zimbabweans.
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".
26th September 2011
Gay Church of Scotland minister backs same-sex marriage 17
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.