7th March 2013
Scotland: Christian teacher says being forced to teach about same-sex marriage contributed to a breakdown 33
5:12 PM — A committee of MPs has heard that a Christian teacher in Scotland claims he was forced to teach about same-sex marriage against his wishes – and the stress contributed to a breakdown.
UK: MPs hear of Christian teacher disciplined for refusing to read pro-gay Penguin book to class 52
5:09 PM — A solicitor from the Christian Institute has told a committee of MPs that a primary school teacher was previously disciplined by a head teacher for refusing to read ‘And Tango Makes Three’ – a children’s book about two male penguins looking after a female chick.
TUC: Catholic gay teachers could be sacked by their schools for entering into same-sex marriages 19
11:27 AM — The TUC says it’s worried by the fear of gay teachers being sacked at Catholic Schools for entering into same-sex marriages.
5th March 2013
Equality Network: The Catholic Church needs to separate the issue of sexual orientation and abuse’ 7
4:14 PM — The Equality Network, a Scottish LGBT rights group, says the fundamental problem facing the Catholic Church is its public message on issues of sexual morality, not simply the hypocrisy of any one individual.
4th March 2013
Catholic Archbishop of Glasgow Philip Tartaglia urged to start new dialogue with gay community 79
6:53 PM — The Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia, is being asked to meet with members of the LGBT community, in order for the Scottish Catholic Church to start a fresh dialogue on gay equality.
Comment: Those in civil partnerships need to be aware of what happens to wills 41
5:33 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Daniel Monk, a Reader in Law at Birkbeck University of London, says it is important to remember that civil partnerships revoke existing wills – and that gay couples need to be aware of these key legal issues in between preparing for their big day.
Vatican inquiry into sexual conduct of Cardinal O’Brien to start once new Pope is appointed 31
4:39 PM — The inquiry by the Vatican into the sexual conduct of Cardinal Keith O'Brien is not likely to begin until after a new Pope is chosen.
UK: Gay rights campaigners call on Cardinal Keith O’Brien to apologise for homophobic bigotry 38
1:16 PM — Britain's leading gay rights campaigners say the former leader of the Scottish Catholic Church who resigned in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations should also apologise for promoting homophobia whilst in office.
1st March 2013
Obama: If I were a Supreme Court judge, I’d remove laws banning same-sex marriage 24
6:15 PM — President Obama has said that if he sat on the US Supreme Court, he would most likely rule that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage: ‘David Cameron needs to stop talking about gay marriage’ 65
5:17 PM — UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage says David Cameron can only win back traditional Tory voters if he stops talking about issues such as same-sex marriage.
Scotland’s gay Tory leader Ruth Davidson splits from her partner 14
3:07 PM — Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson has split up with her partner of five years, a spokesman has confirmed.
Scotland: Police chaplain claims to have been forced from job over his anti-gay marriage views 57
1:06 PM — A Christian police chaplain in Scotland says he was forced out of his position after expressing his opposition to same-sex marriage in his personal blog.
Anti-gay marriage Tory candidate Maria Hutchings loses Eastleigh by-election to pro-equality Lib Dem 25
8:31 AM — Tory Maria Hutchings, who is against same-sex marriage, has been defeated in the Eastleigh by-election by Lib Dem Mike Thornton, a supporter of marriage equality.
28th February 2013
Video: Kate Middleton hoax radio station rebrands itself as 2Gay FM for Sydney Mari Gras 2
6:55 PM — The radio station whose DJs made a hoax call to a British nurse who ended up committing suicide is temporarily renaming itself to mark Sydney Mari Gras.
Poll: Majority of Europeans say Pope Benedict was not influential and has been ignored by politicians 14
1:31 PM — Despite his attempts to turn back the clock on gay rights, a YouGov poll shows Pope Benedict XVI has been of little influence to Europeans.
Catholic blogger Andrew Sullivan speculates the Pope could be gay 80
11:34 AM — Catholic gay blogger Andrew Sullivan has claimed that the outgoing Pope Benedict XVI may be secretly gay.
27th February 2013
Archbishop who smeared gay Labour MP David Cairns takes over in temporary role from Cardinal O’Brien 42
5:43 PM — The Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia, who last year was criticised for making offensive remarks about the late gay Labour MP David Cairns, has been given a new role in the wake of Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s resignation.
Tory MOD minister Mark Francois says he’s committed to equality in the armed forces — despite voting against same-sex marriage 8
2:29 PM — Conservative Defence Minister Mark Francois says the government is committed to LGBT equality in the armed forces after it was pointed out only 1 MOD minister voted in favour of the same-sex marriage bill.
Comment: Why I’m inspired by Alan Turing 12
12:29 PM — As LGBT History Month draws to a close, LGBT youth volunteer Thomas Wales writes for PinkNews on why it’s important to remember Alan Turing.
Chuck Hagel confirmed as US Defence Secretary despite past anti-gay remarks 2
11:11 AM — Having faced criticism over his previous homophobic views, the US Senate has confirmed Chuck Hagel as the new US Defence Secretary.