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Scotland

  • 10th October 2011

    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".

  • Man’s jaw broken in Edinburgh anti-gay attack 63

    Police are looking for the gang

    1:35 PM — Police in Edinburgh are seeking a gang who broke a man's jaw during a homophobic attack early on Saturday morning. The victim, 20, had just left the GHQ nightclub when he passed a group of four men and one woman on Broughton Street at 2.30am.

  • 20th September 2011

    Lesbian would-be Tory leader Ruth Davidson wants more faith schools 157

    Ruth Davidson backs more faith schools

    5:15 PM — MSP Ruth Davidson, who hopes to become the next leader of the Scottish Conservative Party, says she would back more faith schools.

  • 19th September 2011

    Brian Souter says society may ‘implode’ if ‘traditional marriage’ falls 100

    Brian Souter says 'traditional' viewpoints are becoming marginalised

    12:03 PM — Scottish entrepreneur and SNP donor Brian Souter says society is in danger of "imploding" if "traditional marriage" declines. The businessman, who fought to save Section 28 ten years ago, was answering questions about his views on gay marriage.

  • 15th September 2011

    Edinburgh police investigate gay sauna death 4

    Police are appealing for information

    10:30 AM — Police in Edinburgh are investigating after a man died suddenly during a visit to the city's most popular gay sauna. The man, in his sixties, was visiting the Number 18 sauna on Leith Walk and was rushed to hospital after being given CPR.

  • 14th September 2011

    John Barrowman criticises church over gay marriage attacks 68

    John Barrowman said church groups were hypocritical

    1:09 PM — John Barrowman says he's horrified at the Scottish Catholic Church's comments on gay marriage proposals. The Glasgow-born actor, who is in a civil partnership, accused church leaders of "evil", hypocrisy and potentially ruining people's lives.

  • 13th September 2011

    Lib Dems urge Scottish government not to give in to gay marriage threats 21

    Willie Rennie said the government should do what is "right and fair"

    12:07 PM — Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has urged the government not to be swayed by Catholic threats over gay marriage. While the SNP government says it is inclined to back marriage equality, Catholic leaders say it will lose the support of 800,000 Catholics if it presses ahead with the proposals.

  • 12th September 2011

    Scottish Catholic Church steps up attack on gay marriage 127

    The Scottish government is minded towards marriage equality

    12:35 PM — The Catholic Church in Scotland has intensified its attacks on proposals to give gay couples the right to marry. Bishop of Paisley Philip Tartaglia, who is expected to become the next Archbishop of Glasgow when Mario Conti steps down, said marriage equality would be "an act of cultural vandalism".

  • 9th September 2011

    Lesbian MSP Ruth Davidson launches campaign to lead Scottish Tories 27

    Ruth Davidson is tipped to win the contest

    2:38 PM — Lesbian MSP Ruth Davidson has launched her bid to lead the Scottish Conservative Party. The 32-year-old was only elected in May but is tipped to win the leadership contest.

  • Archbishop of Glasgow hits out at ‘foolish’ gay marriage supporters 87

    Archbishop Conti said gay marriage would be 'meaningless'

    10:15 AM — Another Scottish Catholic leader has attacked proposals to bring marriage equality to the country. Mario Conti, the Archbishop of Glasgow, said that allowing gay marriage would be "foolish" and render marriage "meaningless".

  • 8th September 2011

    Scottish Catholic leader attacks gay marriage 102

    Cardinal O'Brien said the plans would be 'strenuously opposed'.

    10:34 AM — The leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, has accused marriage equality campaigners of trying to "rewrite nature". In a strongly-worded attack on same-sex marriage, he said the plans would be "strenuously opposed".

  • 6th September 2011

    Scottish man is first to be charged with transgender prejudice 44

    The court heard that Porter admitted he was motivated by transgender prejudice

    3:32 PM — A soldier has become the first person in Scotland to be convicted of an offence motivated by transphobia. Terry Porter, 19, admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner likely to cause fear and alarm.

  • Scottish domestic violence stereotypes ‘fail gay and transgender people’ 19

    LGBT people are failed by narrow definitions of domestic abuse, it was claimed.

    10:28 AM — The Scottish government's definition of domestic violence leaves some victims 'invisible', a law lecturer has claimed. Brian Dempsey, who teaches at the University of Dundee in Scotland, said that the standard view of male abusers and female victims means that LGBT people may be unable to access help.

  • 2nd September 2011

    Edinburgh man admits killing gay former lecturer

    Pawel Rodak admits killing retired lecturer Roger Gray

    1:52 PM — A 21-year-old man has admitted killing a gay former lecturer. Pawel Rodak admitted attacking 64-year-old Roger Gray at the latter's home in Merchiston Crescent on March 18th and 19th this year.

  • Scottish government launches gay marriage consultation 47

    The government has opened its marriage equality consultation

    1:13 PM — The Scottish government has launched its promised consultation on marriage equality. The SNP-led government says it is considering whether to allow "religious ceremonies for civil partnerships and the possible introduction of same sex marriage".

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