9th July 2013
National Secular Society welcomes Court of Appeal ruling against anti-gay Christian B&B owner 16
3:31 PM — National Secular Society President Terry Sanderson has welcomed a Court of Appeal ruling against a Christian guest house owner who refused to allow a gay couple to share the same bed.
31st March 2013
Church of England clergyman: ‘Lord Carey should get over his obsession with gay sex’ 38
5:57 PM — Members of the Church of England, other faith groups and secularists have quickly responded to deny claims by Lord Carey that David Cameron's "aggressively secular" government was marginalising Christians.
6th March 2013
Ruling upheld that Scottish Catholic charity must accept adoption applications from gay couples 20
5:25 PM — A ruling by the Scottish Charity Regulator that a Catholic adoption charity was unlawfully discriminating against gay people by refusing to accept applications from unmarried couples, has been upheld.
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'.
1st May 2012
Catholic group: Objections to anti-gay marriage petition in schools are ‘sinister and illogical’ 68
3:41 PM — A religious group unofficially representing the Catholic Church in the media has said questions over the legality of promoting the Coalition for Marriage anti-equality petition to schoolchildren are 'illogical and sinister'.
15th April 2012
Lord Carey: Christians ‘vilified’ and ‘driven underground’ by British Courts 112
1:54 PM — In a written submission to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), the former archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, has said that Christians are being "vilified" by British courts and "driven underground."
4th April 2012
Secularists say David Cameron’s marriage comments may signal ‘betrayal’ 177
10:36 AM — The National Secular Society said a part of Mr Cameron's speech which referred to what will happen if civil marriage equality for gay couples "doesn't go ahead" prompted fears the government may give in to "bullying" by religious bodies.
5th August 2011
National Secular Society will advise in religious vs gay rights cases 621
5:30 PM — The National Secular Society has been granted permission to intervene in four religious rights cases due to come before the European Court of Human Rights. The body will submit legal arguments in four cases where plaintiffs are appealing against UK court decisions - two of which involve Christian employees who refused to provide services to gay people.
1st June 2011
London borough tries to reassure critics after homophobic Catholic charity awarded £89,000 contract for counselling in schools 54
1:01 PM — The south-west London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames, which earlier this year awarded an £89,000 contract to the homophobic Catholic Children’s Society to offer counselling and support to children in the borough’s school, are seeking to reassure critics over the decision.
18th January 2011
Peter Tatchell: Discrimination would be ‘rampant’ if Christian hotel couple won case 51
1:30 PM — Discrimination would have become "rampant" again if a Christian hotel couple had won the right to bar gay couples, LGBT campaigner Peter Tatchell has said. He said that if Peter and Hazelmary Bull had won their case, the judgment would have set a precedent for countless claims.
13th August 2010
Latest ‘Protest the Pope’ campaign held in London 72
5:32 PM — A meeting was held in south London last night by the Protest the Pope campaign committee. During the meeting, reasons for protesting the pontiff's visit next month were discussed.
17th February 2010
Pope may be invited on BBC’s Thought for the Day 39
5:59 PM — The BBC is in talks with the Pope for him to give the Thought of the Day on Radio 4's Today programme. The Pope is to visit the UK in September and BBC director-general Mark Thompson, a devout Catholic, is understood to have visited the Vatican to discuss BBC coverage of the trip.
12th February 2010
Protestors will tell Pope to ‘snog off’ 39
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.
10th February 2010
Valentine’s Day protest over Pope’s UK visit 10
2:53 PM — A protest against the Pope's visit to the UK is to take place in central London this Sunday. It is being planned by the Central London Humanist Group in partnership with the British Humanist Association, the National Secular Society and gay equality group OutRage! among others.
5th February 2010
Pope to include Scotland in UK visit 38
6:39 PM — Pope Benedict XVI said today he would also be visiting Scotland when he comes to the UK later this year. He made the announcement to Scottish bishops visiting the Vatican.
3rd February 2010
7,000 sign protest against Pope’s visit 38
1:17 PM — More than 7,000 people have signed a petition against the Pope's state-funded visit to the UK. The petition was set up two days ago by the National Secular Society, which estimates the Pontiff's four-day visit in September will cost the UK £20 million.
1st February 2010
Pope Benedict XVI criticises gay rights in Equality Bill 76
6:37 PM — Pope Benedict XVI criticised the Equality Bill on Monday for violating "natural law". He was thought to be referring to provisions in the bill which would have forced churches to employ gay staff. These were defeated by the House of Lords last week.
National Secular Society plans protest for Pope’s UK visit 30
4:02 PM — The National Secular Society has announced a " large-scale campaign" to protest against Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Britain in September. The pontiff has attacked gay rights on a number of occasions.
25th January 2010
Senior bishops call on Lords to retain gay employment exemptions 40
3:00 PM — A statement from three senior bishops calls on peers today to retain and even widen religious exemptions on employing gay people. It says churches will be sued under legislation in he Equality Bill
7th January 2010
Government appointment of faith advisors attacked as ‘cynical’ 25
1:39 PM — The appointment of 13 'faith advisors' to the government has been attacked by the National Secular society as "cynical" and "an insult to non-religious Britons". The charity warned that most people "disregard" religious teachings on issues such as homosexuality and said the appointment was "undemocratic".