7th March 2012
Reform Judaism backs gay marriage 29
10:08 AM — The Movement for Reform Judaism has officially backed gay marriages in a week in which church leaders have renewed their opposition to marriage equality for gays.
6th March 2012
Soho Catholics celebrate fifth anniversary of gay Masses 37
1:17 PM — The fifth anniversary of the Soho Masses, the Diocese of Westminster's provision for gay, bi and trans Catholics in London was celebrated with a "packed" ceremony at the weekend.
Catholics will be told of their ‘duty to oppose gay marriage’ at Mass this weekend 230
10:08 AM — In a letter to be read to congregations at Mass this weekend, two senior Archbishops in the Catholic Church tell followers they have a 'duty' to 'ensure' gays should not be allowed to marry even in civil ceremonies.
5th March 2012
Comment: The Coalition For Marriage – a creeping rhizome of religious extremism 143
5:14 PM — There is nothing 'grass roots' about the Coalition for Marriage, Adrian Tippetts argues, it's a who’s who of the UK religious right determined to creep into government, law, education and media.
Video: Kirk Cameron calls gays ‘destructive to civilisation’ 146
3:43 PM — Former child star Kirk Cameron has been lambasted for his comments labelling homosexuality and gay marriage 'destructive', 'unnatural' and 'detrimental'.
2nd March 2012
MPs defend taking interns from ‘gay cure’ event sponsor 108
2:22 PM — An MP who received interns from a religious charity which opposes gay equality and sponsored a 'gay cure' event has backed the charity and claimed to have met 'ex-gays'.
29th February 2012
Ann Widdecombe calls for gay marriage referendum 156
4:11 PM — Ann Widdecombe has called for a referendum on equal marriage rights for gays, believing such a measure would fail.
Humanists blast ‘ridiculous’ MP report on faith and gay equality 18
11:26 AM — The British Humanist Association has criticised the MP-led Christians in Parliament report which backs ‘reasonable accommodations’ from equality legislation as being 'not at all grounded in any reality'.
Archbishop of Canterbury: Changing culture with gay marriage laws would be wrong 166
10:19 AM — Dr Williams told an audience in Geneva that laws should restrict discrimination against gays and other minorities but should not be used to actively 'promote change' within a culture on issues like marriage.
28th February 2012
MPs’ report on ‘undue limitation of Christian belief’ questioned 86
1:03 PM — An MP-led report by the new Christians in Parliament group which recommends 'reasonable accommodations' from equality legislation to lift the 'undue limitation of belief' it says is experienced by religious people in public life has been cautiously questioned.
22nd February 2012
David Lammy cuts tie with equal marriage opponents who funded interns 14
4:53 PM — Labour MP for Tottenham David Lammy has cut ties with the Christian Action Research and Education which co-launched the anti-marriage equality Coalition for Marriage petition and supported a 'gay cure' conference.
Comment: It’s time to put vulnerable people ahead of religious interests, Mr Gove 30
10:32 AM — For at least five years, no decision-maker in education could fail to be aware of the epidemic proportions of homophobic bullying in UK schools, Adrian Tippetts writes, and now it is time for serious action.
21st February 2012
Video: LGBT Jewish group Keshet UK says ‘It Gets Better’ 7
5:20 PM — Keshet UK, the national forum for LGBT Jews, has released an It Gets Better video to tell gay, bi and trans youth struggling with their identities that life does improve.
20th February 2012
Comment: The Coalition for Marriage stands for homophobic discrimination 99
10:49 AM — Coalition members are entitled to believe that same-sex marriages are wrong, but they are not entitled to demand that their opposition to such marriages should be imposed on the rest of society and enforced by law, Peter Tatchell argues.
Lord Carey: Equal marriage is ‘one of the greatest political power grabs in history’ 210
10:10 AM — A former Archbishop of Canterbury has railed against the prime minister's support of equal marriage rights for gay couples, calling it undemocratic and 'one of the greatest political power grabs in history'.
17th February 2012
Equality chief: Religious are not above the law 125
10:11 AM — The chair of the UK's Equality and Human Rights Commission has said religions must defer to the public laws of the state. Trevor Phillips said the religious should leave their views "at the door of the temple" and be governed by public law when providing public services.
14th February 2012
UK study: 61% of Christians back equal rights for gay couples 142
12:10 PM — Results of a poll released today say 61% of UK Christians back fully equal rights for gay couples. Three quarters of Christians thought religion should not have a special influence on public life.
10th February 2012
Trial begins for ‘gays burn in hell’ street preacher
2:17 PM — A street preacher has appeared in court in Somerset on charges of verbally abusing a gay couple. Michael Overd, 47, from Creech St Michael in Somerset, allegedly told Craig Manning and Craig Nichol that they were “evil” and would “burn in hell”.
6th February 2012
Amazon sells book on ‘gays going to hell’ 107
10:23 AM — Amazon's Kindle Store has sparked a backlash by offering a fundamentalist religious text which tells gay and trans people they are going to hell.
31st January 2012
Comment: Archbishop Sentamu has no right to block gay civil marriages 49
10:59 AM — Peter Tatchell argues that Archbishop Sentamu has no right to block gay civil marriages, the clergyman's demand for discrimination against gay couples is itself dictatorial and Anglican leaders are divisive, intolerant and out of touch.