25th April 2013
US radio host: It was right for school to discriminate against gay teacher, like they would against a shoplifter 16
3:48 PM — Bryan Fischer a US radio host, and spokesman for the American Family Association, has weighed in on the debate around a gay teacher who was fired by a Catholic school for naming her same-sex partner in her mother's obituary.
23rd April 2013
US Radio host: ‘LGBT supporters are misleading millions and homosexuality hurts all of society’ 42
6:32 PM — US Radio Host Linda Harvey has again used her radio programme to express her anti-gay stance, saying that "homosexual behaviour hurts all of society", and encouraging listeners to "challenge the acceptance of homosexual behaviour".
20th April 2013
US: Second lawsuit filed against florist which refused to serve same-sex wedding couple 34
1:30 AM — A second lawsuit has been filed against a florist in the US state of Washington which refused to provide its services to a same-sex wedding, citing religious objections.
19th April 2013
Canada: Imam who compared homosexuality with cancer said comments were taken out of context 37
1:54 AM — An imam who was recorded giving a speech to school children at a publicly-funded private school in Canada, during which he said homosexuality was a "special case" like cancer, AIDS and diabetes, has said his comments were taken out of context.
9th April 2013
Sussex Police tipped to become the next force to record attacks on subculture groups 2
5:45 PM — Sussex Police could become the next force in the country to recognise alternative subculture as a recordable motivation for hate crime.
8th April 2013
Vatican advisor: Pro-equal marriage Catholics should not take Communion 67
4:20 PM — A legal advisor to the Vatican has said that Catholics who support same-sex marriage should not approach for communion, with the Archbishop of Detroit adding that to do so would be to commit "perjury".
Bryan Fischer to caller: ‘Get out of gay-friendly church before it destroys your family’ 10
12:47 PM — The American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer, has advised a caller who phoned into his radio programme to "get out" of a church which accepts gay people as it will "destroy" her children.
6th April 2013
Lord Carey: I will continue to oppose plans to ‘redefine’ marriage 58
7:41 PM — The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord George Carey, has said he will continue to oppose plans to "redefine" marriage, and says that doing so does not detract from his support for government policies on ending poverty.
4th April 2013
UK: Hate crime charity welcomes Greater Manchester Police’s decision to record attacks on subculture groups 8
2:37 PM — Stop Hate Crime UK has welcomed Greater Manchester Police’s decision to recognise attacks on members of subcultures, such as goths, punks and emos, as hate crimes.
Greater Manchester Police to treat crimes against goths and punks as seriously as homophobia 12
10:27 AM — Greater Manchester Police is to become the first force in the country to recognise alternative subculture – such as “goths, emos, punks and metallers” as a recordable motivation for hate crime.
28th March 2013
US: Kentucky overrules veto on bill protecting actions motivated by religious belief 13
6:04 PM — The Senate and House of Kentucky have voted to override the Governor's veto on a religious freedom law, which opponents worry may protect those who discriminate against LGBT people.
21st March 2013
US: Ohio Methodist Church to launch LGBT-inclusive worship service 1
2:59 PM — A Methodist Church in the US state of Ohio is to launch a new worship service in April, which intends to be fully inclusive of the LGBT community, and to welcome those who may have felt unwelcome in other churches.
18th March 2013
Canada: Teenager stands up for gay-straight alliances 7
12:40 PM — A student in Canada has pushed to set up a GSA following his Province's consideration of a bill supporting them in all schools, which is currently facing a growing backlash from faith groups.
16th March 2013
Canada: Gay-straight alliance bill is as disrespectful as a ‘right to eat pork’ Jewish student group, say religious opponents 32
3:11 PM — A bill requiring all schools to allow gay-straight alliances in Canada's Manitoba province has come under fire from religious groups, who say it might as well require Jewish students to advocate for the right eat pork.
13th March 2013
US: Gay rabbi elected leader of his association for the first time in a national movement 2
10:52 AM — For the first time an openly gay man has been chosen to lead a national rabbinical association in the US.
11th March 2013
US Radio Host: Churches should fight to ‘abolish’ homosexuality as they did slavery 48
5:35 PM — Linda Harvey, a host of the Ohio based Christian group Mission America has again spoken out against equal rights for gay people, saying that churches should be more proactive in opposing it, in the same way they fought to abolish slavery.
8th March 2013
Comment: Benjamin Cohen’s Lent Talk wasn’t blasphemous, we should celebrate its broadcast by the BBC 11
5:46 PM — Having listened to the broadcast in full, Hannah Buchanan shares her thoughts on PinkNews founder Benjamin Cohen’s BBC Radio 4 Lent Talk.
Influential Christian blogger defends PinkNews founder Benjamin Cohen against accusations of blasphemy 16
1:23 PM — Influential Christian blog Cranmer has defended a BBC Radio 4 programme presented by Benjamin Cohen, the founder of PinkNews, against accusations of blasphemy. He claims that those who accused Mr Cohen of blasphemy are the real blasphemers.
6th March 2013
US: Kentucky Senate committee to hear ‘legalised discrimination’ anti-gay bill 9
7:04 PM — A bill purporting to uphold religious freedoms has been criticised by human rights groups, who say it amounts to legalising discrimination if it is in the name of religion.
4th March 2013
PinkNews founder labelled as ‘blasphemous’ for BBC Radio 4 programme likening abandonment of Christ to rejection of gays 136
11:18 AM — The BBC is facing controversy over an Easter message from PinkNews founder Benjamin Cohen which likens the treatment of gay people in Britain to the crucifixion of Christ.