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Scotland

  • 31st October 2011

    Man arrested over death of barman Stuart Walker 40

    Mr Walker was found beaten and burned over a week ago

    12:12 PM — The 18-year-old man who was questioned last week has been arrested.

  • 28th October 2011

    Ex-SNP leader voted off citizens advice board over anti-gay marriage views 59

    Gordon Wilson lost his place on the board over his views

    2:41 PM — The fomer SNP leader Gordon Wilson has been voted off the board of Dundee's Citizens Advice Bureau over his views against gay marriage. Mr Wilson, 73, failed to be re-elected after his Christian group Solas demanded a referendum on whether gay couples should be allowed to wed.

  • Child abuse claim against Stuart Walker was ‘malicious lie’

    Stuart Walker was 'maliciously' accused of child abuse

    1:56 PM — An allegation of child abuse against murdered gay barman Stuart Walker was a malicious claim by a 44-year-old convicted rapist, reports say. Mr Walker, 28, was found dead near an Ayrshire industrial estate on Saturday. He had been beaten and burned.

  • Man questioned over death of gay barman Stuart Walker

    Stuart Walker was found dead early on Saturday

    12:02 PM — An 18-year-old man is being questioned in connection with the death of a gay barman in Ayrshire. Police said the teenager was being "detained" over the murder of 28-year-old Stuart Walker.

  • 27th October 2011

    Gay murder victim Stuart Walker was questioned over child indecency

    Police are investigating Stuart Walker's death

    11:20 AM — A gay man whose beaten and burned body was found near an Ayrshire industrial estate last weekend had been questioned by police over an alleged child indecency incident. Stuart Walker, a barman from Cumnock, was found dead in the early hours of Saturday morning. Police said he had suffered "horrific" injuries.

  • 26th October 2011

    Catholic leader tells Scottish health minister that gay marriage will be ‘harmful’ 162

    The Catholic Church is lobbying against the proposals

    10:46 AM — Catholic leaders have claimed that gay marriage will be "harmful" to society in talks with Scottish health secretary Nicola Sturgeon. Ms Sturgeon met Bishop of Paisley Phillip Tartaglia yesterday as part of a government consultation on the issue.

  • 25th October 2011

    Murdered gay barman ‘may have been sexually assaulted’ 89

    Stuart Walker was found dead early on Saturday

    10:23 AM — Police have said that a gay barman may have been sexually assaulted before he was murdered. Stuart Walker's body was found at 5am on Saturday near an industrial estate in Cunnock, Ayrshire.

  • 24th October 2011

    SNP condemns gay blood ban 51

    The lifetime ban will be lifted on November 7th (Photo: Sarah G)

    3:21 PM — The Scottish National Party has approved a motion condeming the blood donation ban on gay men. Delegates at the party's conference in Inverness backed a motion which said that new rules allowing gay men to donate blood if celibate for a year are not good enough.

  • Police investigate ‘horrific’ death of gay man 128

    Stuart Walker was found dead early on Saturday

    10:31 AM — Police are investigating the brutal killing of a gay man in Ayshire, Scotland. Stuart Walker, 28, from Cumnock, was found dead with "horrific injuries" close to Caponacre Industrial Estate, Cumnock, just before 5am on Saturday.

  • 17th October 2011

    Video: SNP leader Alex Salmond urges gay people to be proud 104

    Alex Salmond filmed an 'It Gets Better' video

    4:56 PM — SNP leader Alex Salmond has filmed an 'It Gets Better' video to encourage Scottish LGBT young people to be more visible. The Scottish first minister, who has been criticised by Catholic leaders for his plans to legalise gay marriage, said he wanted gay people to be "proud of who they are".

  • 13th October 2011

    Head of Scottish Episcopal Church backs gay marriage consultation 33

    Marriage equality is a hot topic in Scotland

    2:12 PM — The head of the Episcopal Church in Scotland has given his support to the consultation on marriage equality. The Most Rev David Chillingworth wrote that it is the government's right to legislate for the change.

  • 11th October 2011

    Gay reverend hits back at Scottish Catholic leaders 35

    The Scottish government is holding a gay marriage consultation (Photo: Ludovic Bertron)

    4:18 PM — The openly gay reverend of an Episcopal church in Scotland has hit back at anti-gay Catholic leaders. The Very Reverend Kelvin Holdsworth, Provost of the Episcopal Cathedral Church of St Mary the Virgin, said he was "embarrassed" by the remarks of faith leaders on gay marriage.

  • Scottish faith groups want gay marriage referendum 36

    The faith groups want a referendum on gay marriage

    1:21 PM — Two Scottish faith groups are calling for a referendum on gay marriage. Dundee-based Solas and the Free Church say voters should be allowed to choose whether Scotland allows gay couples to wed.

  • 10th October 2011

    Scottish Lib Dem leader attacks bishops for ‘imposing’ gay marriage views 34

    Willie Rennie said bishops were 'imposing' their views

    3:48 PM — Willie Rennie, the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, has attacked Catholic bishops for seeking to "impose" their views on gay marriage. Speaking on Saturday to the Scottish Liberal Democrat party conference, he said that Catholic bishops' moves to scupper gay marriage plans were "an affront to liberal democracy".

  • 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.

  • 5th October 2011

    Three more Church of Scotland ministers quit over gay clergy 43

    Three Highland ministers have resigned over gay clergy

    1:25 PM — Another three Church of Scotland ministers have announced they will quit over gay clergy members. Highland ministers the Rev Ivor Martin will leave Kilmuir and Stenscholl on Skye, the Rev John Murdo MacDonald will leave Lochalsh and the Rev Rory McRae will leave Kintail and Glenelg.

  • 4th October 2011

    Aberdeen minister resigns over gay clergy 156

    The Church of Scotland has 'betrayed' followers, it was claimed.

    11:15 AM — A church minister in Aberdeen has resigned over the issue of gay clergy. Reverend Peter Dickson, of High Church in Hilton, said he felt "genuine sorrow" at taking the decision. He said that the decision to accept openly gay clergy meant his position was becoming "untenable".

  • 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".

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