21st March 2013
Sicily: Governor who said the Vatican should allow equal marriage allowed to return to church 4
2:25 AM — A Sicilian governor has made up with a priest who took offence when he said that the Catholic Church should elect a female pope and allow equal marriage for gay and lesbian couples.
20th March 2013
Pope Francis stood up for civil unions in an attempt to avoid equal marriage in Argentina 12
3:38 PM — The new pope privately stood up for civil unions in Argentina in 2010, in a bid to stop the country from legalising equal marriage.
Pope Francis criticised for greeting Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe 39
2:13 PM — Pope Francis has been criticised by human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell for meeting with President Robert Mugabe.
15th March 2013
Danish Ministers express disappointment at ‘harmful’ election of Pope Francis, for his views on gay people 27
5:28 PM — Ministers in Denmark have dubbed the newly elected Pope Francis "harmful", expressing disappointment that the Vatican did not choose someone more progressive on LGBT and women's rights, but remain hopeful that he may prove them wrong.
14th March 2013
Iran, Russia and Egypt threaten to scupper UN women’s declaration due to gay rights opposition 23
11:41 AM — Iran, Russia and Egypt have threatened to derail a UN declaration urging an end to violence against women and girls by objecting to language concerning LGBT rights.
11th March 2013
Vatican embarrassed as €23 million property investment includes Europe’s biggest gay sauna 55
6:43 PM — Following several recent scandals, it has now emerged that the Catholic church has bought a €23 million (£21 million) share of an apartment block in Rome which houses the biggest gay sauna in Europe.
8th March 2013
Poll: Support for same-sex marriage among US Catholics rises to 54% 8
1:50 PM — A new poll shows support for same-sex marriage among US Catholics continues to rise.
5th March 2013
UK: Lawyer calls for police investigation into the sexual conduct of Cardinal O’Brien 32
11:06 AM — Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the former leader of the Scottish Catholic Church, could end up facing a criminal inquiry following allegations of sexual misconduct involving several priests.
4th March 2013
UK: Gay rights campaigners call on Cardinal Keith O’Brien to apologise for homophobic bigotry 38
1:16 PM — Britain's leading gay rights campaigners say the former leader of the Scottish Catholic Church who resigned in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations should also apologise for promoting homophobia whilst in office.
1st March 2013
Fifth male priest alleges Cardinal O’Brien of ‘inappropriate behaviour’ 52
12:25 PM — It has emerged that a fifth claim of “inappropriate behaviour” towards a male priest has been made against the former leader of the Scottish Catholic Church.
28th February 2013
LGBT Catholic group blasts Pope Benedict XVI for ‘bigotry’ as he officially resigns as Catholic leader 41
7:22 PM — Pope Benedict XVI has officially resigned, saying that he now "will simply be a pilgrim" starting his last journey on earth - although criticism of his homophobic legacy continues.
Catholic blogger Andrew Sullivan speculates the Pope could be gay 80
11:34 AM — Catholic gay blogger Andrew Sullivan has claimed that the outgoing Pope Benedict XVI may be secretly gay.
25th February 2013
Peter Tatchell: Anti-gay Cardinal O’Brien was a long-time opponent of gay equality 43
4:24 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has reacted to the resignation of Cardinal Keith O’Brien and says: “In the light of these allegations, his stance looks hypocritical.”
Anti-gay Cardinal Keith O’Brien quits post following allegations of inappropriate behaviour 122
11:19 AM — Britain’s most senior anti-gay Catholic leader, who at the weekend was reported to the Vatican over historical allegations of inappropriate behaviour involving several male priests - has resigned from his post.
23rd February 2013
Male priests accuse anti-gay Cardinal Keith O’Brien of inappropriate acts and call on him to resign 244
11:49 PM — Britain's most senior Catholic leader, notorious for his anti-gay views, has been reported to the Vatican over historical allegations of inappropriate behaviour involving several male priests in Scotland.
Vatican denies Pope resigned due to pressure from ‘gay lobby’ in the church 31
5:25 PM — The Vatican has denied reports from the Italian media which claimed that Pope Benedict XVI's resignation was down to pressure from a "gay lobby" within the Catholic Church.
13th January 2013
France: 340,000 protest against equal marriage rights in Paris 102
5:06 PM — Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Paris protest against the country’s upcoming bill which would allow equal marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples.
Vatican: Topless women demonstrate for equal marriage rights during Pope’s weekly prayer 32
4:54 PM — A Ukrainian feminist group have protested topless at St Peter's Square for gay rights, as Pope Benedict XVI gave his weekly prayer.
6th January 2013
Mario Monti: Decision on Italian marriage equality should be made by parliament 9
4:38 PM — The Italian Premier, Mario Monti, who is backed by the Vatican for his re-election bid, has said that gay rights issues, including marriage equality, should be decided by parliament, not his governement, if he is successful.
Vatican newspaper says equal marriage ‘deceives humanity’, compares it to communism 67
1:43 AM — In not the first attack of its kind, the semi-official newspaper of the Vatican has likened global moves towards marriage equality to 20th century socialist promises which "deceived humanity".