25th September 2013
US: Conservatives rally around bill to protect anti-equal marriage groups ‘from discrimination by the government’ 16
7:02 PM — Conservative groups in the US have rallied around a House Bill introduced to protect groups opposed to equal marriage, religious and otherwise, from "discrimination by the government".
6th July 2013
Australia: Bill will stop faith schools from expelling students based on sexual orientation 13
7:36 PM — A private members bill will soon be introduced in the New South Wales State Parliament, which would remove the right of religious schools to expel students who come out as gay.
11th June 2013
Russia: Duma approves bill to criminalise insulting religious beliefs, following Pussy Riot protest 10
5:42 PM — In the wake of a scandal caused last year by a protest by punk band Pussy Riot against Russian President Vladimir Putin, held in a Moscow cathedral, a law has been passed by the State Duma to criminalise insulting people's religious feelings.
18th May 2013
US: Owner of florist sued for refusing same-sex wedding files lawsuit against state 33
4:10 PM — The owner of a florist which is the subject of two lawsuits for refusing to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding, has filed a lawsuit against Washington state, claiming her religious beliefs are being violated.
20th April 2013
US: Nevada equal marriage bill amended for religious protection ahead of Senate vote 19
12:52 AM — An equal marriage bill in the US state of Nevada has been subject to an amendment to add protections for religious groups, which says none would be forced to perform same-sex marriages.
17th April 2013
US: Appeals court to hear arguments around constitutionality of California ‘gay cure’ ban 8
5:43 PM — The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals is on Wednesday to hear arguments around California's law prohibiting "gay cure" therapy, as administered by mental health professionals.
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.
23rd March 2013
US: Kentucky Governor vetoes bill protecting right to act based on religious belief following lobbies by LGBT rights groups 34
10:25 AM — The Governor of Kentucky has vetoed a bill proposing legal protection be given to people acting on religious motivations, which activists warned was "a clear and present danger to the gay and lesbian community".
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.
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.
22nd January 2013
Anti-gay evangelist Scott Lively: ‘Gays will crush religion and persecute Christians’ 73
6:18 PM — An anti-gay preacher from the US has attacked the gay rights movement, accusing it of attempting to "crush" religious liberty, and that it seeks to "persecute" Christians.
12th January 2013
A thousand Catholic priests fear that equal marriage marks a return to ‘centuries of persecution’ 293
1:44 AM — More than a thousand Catholic priests have signed a letter saying that if equal marriage is legalised it could threaten religious freedom in a way last seen during "centuries of persecution" of Catholics in Britain.
15th December 2012
Archbishop of Wales: Equal marriage ban for Church in Wales ‘a total shock’ 37
1:02 AM — The head of the Anglican Church in Wales has said the church will attempt to persuade the UK government to drop plans to make it illegal for same-sex marriages to be performed there, in upcoming equal marriage legislation.
13th December 2012
Baroness Warsi: ‘do churches need legal support’ in case of equal marriage ‘challenges’? 43
11:58 AM — In a letter voicing her concerns with recently announced plans to bring forward legislation to allow marriage equality, Sayeeda Warsi has warned of potential "unintended consequences" if the law were to change.
11th December 2012
Religious groups to ‘grasp’ opportunity to ‘opt-in’ to UK marriage equality 19
2:40 PM — Religious groups in the UK have expressed their support for marriage equality, and have said they will perform same-sex weddings, once the law comes into place, as announced today.
22nd November 2012
New Zealand: Churches won’t be forced to perform same-sex weddings 7
9:46 PM — The New Zealand Human Rights Commission has confirmed that, if equal marriage becomes legal, carrying out same-sex wedding ceremonies won't be mandatory for churches.