4th May 2013
Cardinal Keith O’Brien says he couldn’t follow Church’s teachings on homosexuality as he prepares for exile 77
1:49 PM — The former leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, Cardinal Keith O'Brien has admitted that he failed to follow God's teachings after facing accusations of inappropriate sexual conduct with fellow clergymen. A Scottish newspaper has claimed that the Cardinal has been asked by Rome to leave the UK.
1st May 2013
Scottish Conservatives ex-deputy leader: ‘Scotland’s equal marriage bill must safeguard religious liberties’ 22
2:34 PM — The former deputy leader of the Scottish Conservatives says “it is essential that appropriate safeguards are put in place” to protect religious liberties as part of equal marriage reform in Scotland.
17th April 2013
Liturgy for same-sex blessings published by Church of Scotland 5
3:26 PM — For the first time in its 450-year history, the Church of Scotland has published a liturgy – a formal ritual – for the blessing of those in civil partnerships.
9th April 2013
Scotland: Equality Network writes to chief public prosecutor after trans man sentenced over sex ‘by fraud’ 2
2:56 PM — An LGBT rights group has written to Scotland’s chief public prosecutor over the decision to prosecute a trans man on the charge of “obtaining sexual intimacy by fraud”
1st April 2013
Poll: Catholics less likely to attend church following Cardinal O’Brien scandal 27
5:41 PM — A fifth of Catholics say they are less likely to attend church following the resignation of Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who quit following a string of sexual misconduct allegations.
Scotland: Friends fear Catholic priest who exposed sexual bullying could be sacked 33
10:52 AM — The friends of a priest who made explosive claims about sexual bullying in Scotland’s Catholic Church fear he could be sacked.
21st March 2013
Cardinal O’Brien alleged to have been in long-standing physical relationship with male priest 32
12:28 PM — Cardinal Keith O'Brien allegedly had a long-standing physical relationship with one of the men whose complaints about his conduct sparked his resignation, it is claimed.
20th March 2013
Scottish Government responds to claims that same-sex marriage will lead to Star Wars inspired Jedi marriages 30
4:50 PM — The Scottish Government has responded to claims that plans for equal marriage in Scotland could also pave the way for Star Wars Jedi marriages.
Final push for Scotland’s equal marriage consultation ahead of 5pm deadline 8
10:45 AM — The public consultation on equal marriage in Scotland closes today at 5pm, and the Equality Network are reminding people to fill in the document online.
19th March 2013
Head of the Church of Scotland linked to anti-gay film 29
1:04 PM — The Head of the Church of Scotland has been criticised over his links to a company behind a film that is against the idea of accepting homosexuality.
17th March 2013
Priest accuses Keith O’Brien of groping him hours after he became a cardinal 29
6:34 PM — Cardinal Keith O'Brien faces more accusations of sexual misconduct, as a priest has alleged that he groped him in 2003, just hours after becoming a cardinal.
15th March 2013
Scotland: Gay clergy row Aberdeen minister returns to former church 6
2:37 PM — An Aberdeen minister and his congregation who quit the Church of Scotland over the 2009 ordination of a gay minister are to be temporarily allowed back into their former church building.
Scotland: Court hears of lesbian couple attacked and called ‘dykes’ in street
12:31 PM — A lesbian mother has told a court she and her girlfriend were subjected to homophobic abuse by a gang of teenagers in a street.
14th March 2013
Church of Scotland to have meeting over gay clergy row 12
5:09 PM — The Church of Scotland is to meet to discuss a minister who left the Church, along with his congregation, over the ordination of a gay minister.
13th March 2013
SNP’s LGBT group pushes minister to include LGBT people in Commonwealth charter 19
4:02 PM — The Scottish National Party's LGBT group has put pressure on Scotland's Minister for External Affairs to attempt to amend the recently signed Commonwealth charter, which protects against discrimination, but does not specifically mention LGBT people.
12th March 2013
Scotland: Case of trans man facing jail for sex ‘by fraud’ raises concerns of Scottish Transgender Alliance 23
2:38 PM — The sentencing of Chris Wilson, a Scottish trans man who faces jail for "fraud" after he had relationships with two women without revealing his gender history, has shocked the Scottish Transgender Alliance who say the verdict will cause "fear and alarm" among the trans community.
10th March 2013
Gay rights activists warn of reintroduction of ‘Section 28 style’ discrimination in Scotland’s schools 35
9:55 PM — Gay rights advocates have voiced concerns that those opposed to equal marriage are trying to "reintroduce Section 28 style discrimination" into Scotland's schools, in an attempt to "roll back equality".
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.
1st March 2013
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.