29th July 2009
Scottish councillor quits Church of Scotland after gay ordination 17
7:53 PM — A councillor has announced he will leave the Church of Scotland as a result of its appointment of an openly gay minister.
‘Defaced’ bible forced behind glass 24
10:18 AM — An exhibit in Glasgow designed to promote gay rights within the church has had to be put in a glass case to prevent visitors scrawling obscene messages.
27th July 2009
Rookie policeman disciplined for ‘gays on Hollyoaks’ rant 20
4:34 PM — A newly-recruited policeman has been giving a warning by Lothian and Borders Police for a homophobic internet rant.
24th July 2009
Anger as Bible is defaced in the name of art 82
2:53 PM — An art gallery in Scotland has been attacked by the church after an exhibition inviting people to write messages on a Bible was met with "abuse" and "obscenity", including one person writing "f*** the bible". It was designed to close the gaps between LGBTs and the church.
23rd July 2009
Gay couple bit neighbour in row over cat 14
2:21 PM — A gay couple have been convicted of attacking their neighbour in a row over a cat damaging their garden. Bill Young, 51, and David Dickman, 45, beat and bit Tony Dyson, 47, in the late-night argument in March. They also tried to gouge his eyes out.
Scottish police force to display rainbow flag in offices 6
11:19 AM — Grampian Police, one of the country's largest police forces, is to display the rainbow flag in all of its offices to support gay rights. Stickers of the flag will be seen in all of the force's windows.
20th July 2009
Scottish island to hold first same-sex ceremony today 8
2:20 PM — The Isle of Lewis is set to have its first gay civil partnership ceremony today when BBC children's presenter Andrew Robertson will tie the knot with his partner Craig Atkins.
13th July 2009
Zoo seeks female penguins after male birds form gay relationships 11
11:08 AM — A number of male king penguins at Edinburgh Zoo are forming gay relationships. Zookeepers believe a shortage of female birds is making them lonely, causing them to pair off.
30th June 2009
Gay minister receives standing ovation at last service 5
2:23 PM — Scott Rennie, the gay minister whose appointment almost caused a schism in the Church of Scotland, enjoyed a standing ovation at his last service at Brechin Cathedral.
18th June 2009
Straight teacher makes claim for homophobic abuse 12
1:45 PM — A straight teacher has told an employment tribunal that he suffered homophobic taunts from pupils who called him "perv", "gay", "poof", and "weirdo".
16th June 2009
Gay actor Alan Cumming receives OBE in Queen’s birthday honours 6
12:32 PM — Scottish actor and gay rights campaigner Alan Cumming has received an OBE in the annual Queen's birthday honours list. Cumming, who now lives in New York, used his honour to highlight the "inaction" of the US government on gay rights.
11th June 2009
Six men jailed over Scottish paedophile ring 12
1:17 PM — Six of the eight men convicted of child abuse offences in a Scottish paedophile ring have received jail sentences. The remaining two, one of whom was a gay rights campaigner, are to be sentenced at a later date for more serious crimes.
5th June 2009
Scottish parliament passes hate crime law to protect gays 14
4:04 PM — Members of the Scottish Parliament have voted to pass legislation to protect gay, trans and disabled people from hate crime. The new law means targeting victims because of their sexual orientation, gender identity or disability will become an aggravating factor and is likely to lead to heavier sentences.
4th June 2009
Scottish Parliament passes anti-gay hate laws 7
9:49 AM — The Scottish Parliament yesterday passed legislation that seeks to ban hate crime against lesbian, gay bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people. The vote follows the adoption of similar legislation in England and Wales.
1st June 2009
Scottish National Party and Catholic Church’s ‘secret plan’ to defy gay adoption laws 53
4:40 PM — The Scottish National Party and the Catholic Church worked together secretly in order to avoid new legislation requiring religious adoption agencies to help gay couples, it has been reported.
27th May 2009
Desmond Tutu supports gay clergy 20
3:03 PM — Archbishop Desmond Tutu received a standing ovation when he spoke out in support of gay clergy at the Church of Scotland General Assembly yesterday.
Gay minister faces new challenge in ‘disrepute’ allegation 11
12:18 PM — Openly gay minister Scott Rennie, whose appointment threatened to split the Church of Scotland, is facing a new challenge after it was claimed his congregation had not known he was gay.
26th May 2009
Two-year moratorium on gay ordinations in Scotland 8
11:19 AM — The Church of Scotland has imposed a two-year ban on new ordinations of gay ministers. The decision comes just two days after the General Assembly voted 326-267 to allow openly gay Rev Scott Rennie to serve as minister at Queen's Cross Church in Aberdeen.
25th May 2009
Church of Scotland to establish commission to examine gay clergy issue 11
8:49 PM — Just days after the Church of Scotland's General Assembly voted to approve the ordination of an openly gay minister, it has decided to avoid a potentially damaging debate on the issue of gay clergy. The assembly is meeting in Edinburgh decided that a commission should be establish to examine the issue and report back in 2011.
24th May 2009
Church of Scotland approves appointment of openly gay minister 27
11:56 AM — The Church of Scotland General Assembly last night voted to approve the ordination of openly gay minister Scott Rennie.