25th January 2012
Gay marriage ‘sexual chaos’ petition put on hold 36
2:06 PM — An anti-marriage equality petition criticised by rights groups for its “outdated, inaccurate and homophobic” views has been put on hold by the Scottish Government until it publishes the results of its consultation.
24th January 2012
Gay teen Jack Frew was ‘a threat’ to killer’s new relationship
3:41 PM — The High Court in Glasgow has heard testimony from forensic psychiatrist Dr Sharat Shetty, who said that Craig Roy, on trial for the murder of schoolboy Jack Frew, described the deceased as a "sex pest".
20th January 2012
Edinburgh called on to stop St Petersburg anti-gay law 7
3:53 PM — A coalition of groups has called on the Lord Provost of Edinburgh, Scotland to intervene on St Petersburg's postponed anti-gay law. Edinburgh has been twinned with St Petersburg, whose lawmakers passed an initial vote on a "gay propaganda" law last year by 27 to 1.
Blackmail alleged at gay teen murder trial
1:08 PM — The jury at the Scottish trial of Craig Roy, accused of killing gay teenager, Jack Frew, has heard claims that the defendant was being blackmailed by the schoolboy and that the two had slept together.
21st December 2011
Exclusive: Scottish Catholic Church uses ‘hate group’ research to fight gay marriage 101
5:07 PM — The Scottish Catholic Church has argued against equal marriage rights for same-sex couples, saying "exceptionally hazardous" gay relationships lead to shorter life expectancies, relying on a study which was discredited by its own authors for this purpose ten years ago and a paper authored by the founder of the US Family Research Institute.
15th December 2011
Students lobby MSPs as accuracy of marriage opponents’ petition is questioned 11
12:34 PM — Students from around Scotland have delivered letters to their MSPs today in support of extending marriage rights, while others are questioning how their signatures appeared on the opponents' petition.
13th December 2011
High Court challenge of Northern Ireland’s gay adoption rules begins 4
10:00 AM — A human rights body in Northern Ireland has begun arguments at the country's High Court to reverse the ban on unmarried couples adopting children. The Human Rights Commission is challenging laws which it argues are incompatible with those in England, Wales and Scotland, and do not protect the interests of the child in question.
12th December 2011
Scottish church minister compares gay marriage to paedophilia 215
11:00 AM — A Scottish church minister has caused outrage by comparing homosexuality to paedophilia, polygamy and theft. Speaking on a BBC Radio Scotland ‘Call Kaye’ discussion on Friday, the Reverend James Gracie, a minister of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing), said being gay was a "lifestyle choice".
9th December 2011
50,000 respond to Scotland’s gay marriage consultation 85
1:42 PM — More than 50,000 responses have been submitted to the Scottish government’s consultation on the introduction of gay marriage. SNP (Scottish National Party) ministers support the move but some in the party oppose allowing gay couples to marry.
7th December 2011
Scottish Episcopal Church “bound by canons” to oppose gay marriage 62
4:26 PM — The Church's General Synod has said it is currently bound by the canons which define marriage as being between a man and a woman, but said it has not yet had time to run a "full debate" on the issue of gay marriage internally.
New “rainbow coalition” to back marriage equality in Scotland 23
10:11 AM — Amnesty International, the Scottish NUS and the Equality Network are among groups forming a coalition this morning to back the proposal for same-sex marriage.
6th December 2011
Call for views on gay marriage before Scottish consultation closes 10
11:55 AM — The Equality Network is calling for equal marriage supporters to have their say in the government's public consultation on extending marriage rights to gay couples before Friday's deadline.
2nd December 2011
Church of Scotland will follow “will of God” to oppose gay marriage 137
9:53 AM — The Church of Scotland has made its official response to the Scottish government's consultation, standing in opposition to equal marriage rights for gay couples, saying it has "a responsibility to shape public opinion in accordance with what it understands to be the will of God."
30th November 2011
Glasgow man jailed for online child abuse after posing as bisexual girl
11:50 AM — Barry McCluskey, a former nurse, has been jailed for six years after posing as a gay or bisexual teenage girl to abuse 49 young people online over the course of three years.
Scottish Roman Catholic leader to speak for new gay marriage opposition group 101
10:46 AM — The leader of the Catholic church in Scotland is speaking today at the Edinburgh launch of a new coalition which opposes the introduction of equal marriage rights.
29th November 2011
Alan Cumming to play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in new one-man production 6
9:08 AM — The National Theatre of Scotland has announced it will be staging a one-man version of Macbeth featuring Alan Cumming as both the title character and his ambitious wife.
28th November 2011
Police appeal after homophobic attack in Edinburgh 8
12:21 PM — Scottish police are appealing for witnesses after a gay man'a jaw was broken in Edinburgh city centre last night. The attack happened in the early hours of yesterday morning on Waverley Bridge.
24th November 2011
Minister calls for Tesco boycott over support for Pride London 102
1:50 PM — Rev Andrew Allan was commenting on incorrect claims that Tesco’s involvement with the gay pride festival came at the expense of its support for Cancer Research’s annual Race for Life competition.
Trans woman will be first to stand for Scottish council elections 12
10:01 AM — Carol Mapley, the Labour Party's National Transgender Officer in Scotland, will be the first trans person to contest an elected seat in the country.
14th November 2011
Thousand mourners attend funeral of Stuart Walker 112
9:24 AM — Over a tenth of the town's population arrive at the funeral of the murdered barman.