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.
4th November 2011
Lesbian politician Ruth Davidson elected leader of the Scottish Conservative Party 99
7:11 PM — Ruth Davidson MSP has been elected as leader of the Scottish Conservative Party. Her election makes her the first openly lesbian or gay leader of a major British political party.
1st November 2011
Police association calls for homophobic recording of Stuart Walker murder 40
2:53 PM — Gay Police Association says failing to acknowledge a possible homophobic element at the start of an investigation may mean that evidence of homophobia never comes to light.
31st October 2011
Glasgow council adds support to gay marriage consultation 20
3:38 PM — While religious leaders are divided on their views, Scotland's largest city council votes in favour of gay marriage proposals.
Man arrested over death of barman Stuart Walker 40
12:12 PM — The 18-year-old man who was questioned last week has been arrested.