15th May 2013
Vatican says Cardinal Keith O’Brien to leave Scotland for ‘spiritual renewal, prayer and penance’ 23
3:01 PM — Cardinal Keith O'Brien is to leave Scotland for several months after admitting improper sexual conduct, the Vatican has announced.
14th May 2013
Scotland: Teacher tells student ‘it’s ok to be gay’ and drunkenly climbs into bed with pupil 35
10:31 AM — 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.
13th May 2013
Church of Scotland moderator ‘terrified’ ahead of vote on gay clergy 11
2:04 PM — 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.
11th May 2013
Scottish Trades Union Congress debating homophobia in the workplace
6:08 PM — For the second year, an annual gathering of Scottish trade unions will include a committee to discuss LGBT rights in the workplace.
5th May 2013
UKIP Scotland spokesman under fire for saying ‘selfish’ gays want to ‘destroy our society’ 60
4:43 AM — 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".
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.
29th April 2013
Vatican not to conduct inquiry into Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s ‘inappropriate sexual conduct’ 44
2:36 PM — 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.
22nd April 2013
Church of Scotland faces renewed internal division on gay ministers in sexual relationships 5
12:20 PM — 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.
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.
16th April 2013
Church of Scotland to debate ordaining gay ministers 12
5:37 PM — The governing body of the Church of Scotland is to debate the issue of gay ministers.
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”
5th April 2013
Actor Alan Cumming blasts Jeremy Irons for his ‘ignorant’ anti-gay marriage views 38
1:19 PM — Scottish actor Alan Cumming has criticised Jeremy Irons after he suggested equal marriage in Britain could lead to fathers marrying their sons.
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.
Senior Scottish Episcopal speaks in support of equal marriage and rebukes Lord Carey 26
11:53 AM — One of the most prominent figures in the Scottish Episcopal Church has criticised Lord Carey for attacking equal marriage.
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.