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  • 10th October 2011

    Catholic archbishop urges Scottish parishes to oppose gay marriage 72

    Archbishop Mario Conti has launched a campaign against gay marriage

    11:45 AM — The Archbishop of Glasgow, Mario Conti, has written to all Scottish parishes to urge them to oppose plans to give gay couples the right to marry. He said that churches would "actively campaign" to block marriage rights for gay people and warned that the move would create "larger divisions" in society.

  • 29th September 2011

    Religious groups say gay marriage ban blocks faith freedom 65

    Faith groups want the right to hold gay weddings

    10:45 AM — Scottish religious leaders have warned that banning faiths from holding gay weddings will compromise religious freedom. Representatives from the Unitarians, Liberal Jews, Quakers, the Metropolitan Community Church and the Pagan Federation held a conference in Edinbugh yesterday to back calls for marriage equality.

  • 28th September 2011

    Scottish faith groups call for gay marriage 130

    Scotland is considering allowing gay couples to marry

    10:04 AM — A coalition of faith groups has announced its support for introducing gay marriage in Scotland. The group does not include the Church of Scotland or the Scottish Catholic Church.

  • 26th September 2011

    Gay Church of Scotland minister backs same-sex marriage 17

    Scott Rennie backs gay marriages

    2:45 PM — An openly gay minister in the Church of Scotland has backed calls for marriage equality. The Rev Scott Rennie, whose 2009 appointment threatened to split the church, said the change should be "celebrated".

  • Lady Gaga and Jessie J lead Stonewall nominations 34

    Lady Gaga was nominated for Hero of the Year

    11:40 AM — Gay-friendly singers Lady Gaga and Jessie J are in the running for Stonewall awards. While newcomer Jessie is nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Gaga is a contender for Hero of the Year.

  • 20th September 2011

    Lesbian would-be Tory leader Ruth Davidson wants more faith schools 157

    Ruth Davidson backs more faith schools

    5:15 PM — MSP Ruth Davidson, who hopes to become the next leader of the Scottish Conservative Party, says she would back more faith schools.

  • 19th September 2011

    Brian Souter says society may ‘implode’ if ‘traditional marriage’ falls 100

    Brian Souter says 'traditional' viewpoints are becoming marginalised

    12:03 PM — Scottish entrepreneur and SNP donor Brian Souter says society is in danger of "imploding" if "traditional marriage" declines. The businessman, who fought to save Section 28 ten years ago, was answering questions about his views on gay marriage.

  • 13th September 2011

    Lib Dems urge Scottish government not to give in to gay marriage threats 21

    Willie Rennie said the government should do what is "right and fair"

    12:07 PM — Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has urged the government not to be swayed by Catholic threats over gay marriage. While the SNP government says it is inclined to back marriage equality, Catholic leaders say it will lose the support of 800,000 Catholics if it presses ahead with the proposals.

  • Section 28 backer Brian Souter accuses Google of censoring his website 69

    Brian Souter accused Google of censoring free speech

    10:58 AM — Scottish entrepreneur Brian Souter, who gave £1 million to the campaign to keep Section 28, has accused Google of blocking his personal website. The Stagecoach founder accused the search engine of censoring free speech and said his website, briansouter.com, had "mysteriously disappeared" from Google's top results for his name.

  • 12th September 2011

    Scottish Catholic Church steps up attack on gay marriage 127

    The Scottish government is minded towards marriage equality

    12:35 PM — The Catholic Church in Scotland has intensified its attacks on proposals to give gay couples the right to marry. Bishop of Paisley Philip Tartaglia, who is expected to become the next Archbishop of Glasgow when Mario Conti steps down, said marriage equality would be "an act of cultural vandalism".

  • 9th September 2011

    Lesbian MSP Ruth Davidson launches campaign to lead Scottish Tories 27

    Ruth Davidson is tipped to win the contest

    2:38 PM — Lesbian MSP Ruth Davidson has launched her bid to lead the Scottish Conservative Party. The 32-year-old was only elected in May but is tipped to win the leadership contest.

  • Daily Mail writer Melanie Phillips and MSP Bill Walker tipped for Bigot of the Year 87

    Melanie Phillips faces stiff competition for Bigot of the Year

    12:13 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has announced the nominees for its annual Hero and Bigot of the Year awards. Those in the running for Bigot of the Year include Daily Mail columnist Melanie Phillips who claimed gay charities were "brainwashing children" and MSP Bill Walker, who said gay relationships should not be "in any way equal" to straight ones.

  • Archbishop of Glasgow hits out at ‘foolish’ gay marriage supporters 87

    Archbishop Conti said gay marriage would be 'meaningless'

    10:15 AM — Another Scottish Catholic leader has attacked proposals to bring marriage equality to the country. Mario Conti, the Archbishop of Glasgow, said that allowing gay marriage would be "foolish" and render marriage "meaningless".

  • 8th September 2011

    Scottish Catholic leader attacks gay marriage 102

    Cardinal O'Brien said the plans would be 'strenuously opposed'.

    10:34 AM — The leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, has accused marriage equality campaigners of trying to "rewrite nature". In a strongly-worded attack on same-sex marriage, he said the plans would be "strenuously opposed".

  • 6th September 2011

    Scottish domestic violence stereotypes ‘fail gay and transgender people’ 19

    LGBT people are failed by narrow definitions of domestic abuse, it was claimed.

    10:28 AM — The Scottish government's definition of domestic violence leaves some victims 'invisible', a law lecturer has claimed. Brian Dempsey, who teaches at the University of Dundee in Scotland, said that the standard view of male abusers and female victims means that LGBT people may be unable to access help.

  • 8th February 2011

    Scotland sees huge increase in reported homophobic hate crime 12

    Anti-gay hate crimes have risen substantially

    11:39 AM — The number of reported homophobic hate crimes has risen five-fold in Scotland in the last five years. Figures show that there were 666 reported incidents in 2009-10, a substantial increase from 2004-5, when just 114 incidents were reported.

  • 14th January 2011

    Woman accused of pretending to be a man to trick women into sex

    The court heard that Samatha Brooks had pretended to be a man

    4:11 PM — A Scottish woman has been accused of tricking two women into sex by pretending to be a man. Samantha Brooks, 26, of Perthshire, is said to have posed as a man called Lee Brooks for nine years and hidden her genitals by claiming she had testicular cancer.

  • 19th October 2010

    Most Scottish people support gay marriage 15

    Many gay campaigners say civil partnerships are not good enough

    5:00 PM — The majority of Scottish people are in favour of allowing gay couples to marry, a poll suggests. According to an Angus Reid poll conducted for the Green Party, 58 per cent of respondents said they were in favour of full marriage equality.

  • 5th February 2010

    Pope to include Scotland in UK visit 38

    Pope Benedict XVI will visit the UK in September

    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.

  • 14th December 2009

    Straight teacher loses homophobic harassment claim 12

    James Campbell claimed the school had not dealt with his complaints

    4:18 PM — A straight Scottish teacher who tried to make a claim for homophobic harassment has lost his case. James Campbell, who worked at at Denny High School, claimed that the homophobic insults he received amount to sexual orientation discrimination, despite being straight.

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