20 May 2013
Church of Scotland votes to allow ordaining ministers in same-sex relationships
The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has passed a motion to allow the ordination and appointment of ministers in same-sex relationships.
20 May 2013
Church of Scotland set to debate ordination of gay clergy
The Church of Scotland is due to debate today whether it will continue to allow the ordination of lesbian and gay ministers.
17 May 2013
Scotland: Trans woman threatened with ban from shopping centre for using ladies’ toilets
A transgender woman has claimed she was threatened with being banned from a shopping centre, after someone complained about her using the ladies' toilets.
15 May 2013
Vatican says Cardinal Keith O’Brien to leave Scotland for ‘spiritual renewal, prayer and penance’
Cardinal Keith O'Brien is to leave Scotland for several months after admitting improper sexual conduct, the Vatican has announced.
14 May 2013
Scotland: Teacher tells student ‘it’s ok to be gay’ and drunkenly climbs into bed with pupil
A male teacher who admitted asking a pupil if he was "camp" and then advising him that it was "ok to be gay these days" has been struck off for indecent conduct.
13 May 2013
Church of Scotland moderator ‘terrified’ ahead of vote on gay clergy
The Moderator of the Church of Scotland has revealed that she is "terrified" of an upcoming debate on the ordination of gay clergy, which has the potential to cause the largest schism within the church since the 19th century.
11 May 2013
Scottish Trades Union Congress debating homophobia in the workplace
For the second year, an annual gathering of Scottish trade unions will include a committee to discuss LGBT rights in the workplace.
5 May 2013
UKIP Scotland spokesman under fire for saying ‘selfish’ gays want to ‘destroy our society’
The new energy spokesman for the UK Independence Party (UKIP) in Scotland, has come under heavy criticism for saying that "selfish" gay people are "deeply hostile" to straight people, and that they are trying to "destroy our society".
4 May 2013
Cardinal Keith O’Brien says he couldn’t follow Church’s teachings on homosexuality as he prepares for exile
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.
1 May 2013
Scottish Conservatives ex-deputy leader: ‘Scotland’s equal marriage bill must safeguard religious liberties’
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.
29 April 2013
Vatican not to conduct inquiry into Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s ‘inappropriate sexual conduct’
The Catholic Church is to take no further action over Cardinal Keith O'Brien's admission of inappropriate "sexual conduct", following accusations from four priests.
22 April 2013
Church of Scotland faces renewed internal division on gay ministers in sexual relationships
It is claimed up to 50 congregations may leave the Church of Scotland if the General Assembly votes next month to allow the ordination of ministers who are in same-sex sexual relationships.
17 April 2013
Liturgy for same-sex blessings published by Church of Scotland
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.
16 April 2013
Church of Scotland to debate ordaining gay ministers
The governing body of the Church of Scotland is to debate the issue of gay ministers.
9 April 2013
Scotland: Equality Network writes to chief public prosecutor after trans man sentenced over sex ‘by fraud’
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”
5 April 2013
Actor Alan Cumming blasts Jeremy Irons for his ‘ignorant’ anti-gay marriage views
Scottish actor Alan Cumming has criticised Jeremy Irons after he suggested equal marriage in Britain could lead to fathers marrying their sons.
1 April 2013
Poll: Catholics less likely to attend church following Cardinal O’Brien scandal
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.
1 April 2013
Senior Scottish Episcopal speaks in support of equal marriage and rebukes Lord Carey
One of the most prominent figures in the Scottish Episcopal Church has criticised Lord Carey for attacking equal marriage.
1 April 2013
Scotland: Friends fear Catholic priest who exposed sexual bullying could be sacked
The friends of a priest who made explosive claims about sexual bullying in Scotland’s Catholic Church fear he could be sacked.
21 March 2013
Cardinal O’Brien alleged to have been in long-standing physical relationship with male priest
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.