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  • 23rd May 2011

    Church of Scotland ends moratorium on gay ministers 19

    The general assembly has decided to lift the moratorium

    6:02 PM — The Church of Scotland has voted to end an moratorium on ordaining gay ministers. A temporary ban was instituted in 2009 after anger over the ordination of an openly gay man, the Rev Scott Rennie.

  • Church of Scotland to debate gay ministers today 13

    Rev Scott Rennie's ordination sparked the debate

    11:43 AM — The Church of Scotland will debate today whether gay ministers should be ordained. The General Assembly will decide whether to retain a ban on ordaining gay ministers until a report is published next year.

  • 18th May 2011

    Scotland publishes figures for hate crime charges 6

    Most hate crime victims do not go to police, studies say. (Photo: B Hernandez)

    2:52 PM — The Scottish prosecution service has released the first figures on homophobic and transphobic hate crime charges. In the year since new hate crime offences came into law, 448 charges were made where there was an "aggravation" of homophobia. Fourteen charges were made with an "aggravation" of gender identity.

  • 12th May 2011

    Scotland loses one lesbian MSP, gains another 3

    Ruth Davidson becomes Scotland's second lesbian MSP

    11:43 AM — Ruth Davidson, a former BBC journalist, has become Scotland's second openly lesbian MSP. While Ms Davidson was elected for the Glasgow region, Liberal Democrat MP Margaret Smith, who is also a lesbian, lost her seat to the SNP's Colin Keir.

  • 6th May 2011

    Activists call for gay marriage progress after SNP win 53

    SNP leader Alex Salmond supports gay marriage

    5:28 PM — The SNP are to form Scotland's first ever majority government after their victory in yesterday's election. The party, which has promised a consultation on marriage equality, won a surprise majority with 65 seats in the 129-seat parliament.

  • 5th May 2011

    Analysis: LGBT rights and the Scottish election 12

    Scottish parliament elections take place today

    10:13 AM — With everything to play for in today's Scottish election, the issue of LGBT rights has never been hotter. Four of the five main parties have mentioned it in their manifestos and numerous individual politicians are pledging their commitment to reform. Jennie Kermode reports.

  • 3rd May 2011

    PinkNews.co.uk poll: Gay voters back AV, huge drop in Lib Dem support 83

    The poll found support for AV

    12:19 PM — A PinkNews.co.uk poll suggests that the UK's LGBT community will back the alternative vote system in Thursday's referendum. The results also showed a massive drop in support for the Liberal Democrats.

  • 26th April 2011

    Church of Scotland leaders to discuss special commission report on same-sex relationships 10

    Minister Scott Rennie, whose ordination in 2009 caused outrage among some members of the Kirk

    12:02 PM — The Church of Scotland's leaders will discuss the Special Commission's report on same-sex relationships and the ministry at May's General Assembly meeting.

  • 21st April 2011

    Thousands could leave Church of Scotland over gay clergy 58

    Scott Rennie's ordination sparked the controversy

    11:10 AM — A substantial number of members could leave the Church of Scotland if gay clergy are permitted, a report says. The church was threated by a schism two years ago when an openly gay man in a relationship was ordained.

  • 20th April 2011

    Four of five main Scottish parties promise action on gay marriage 31

    Most Scottish parties promise some action on the issue

    11:09 AM — Four of Scotland's five main political parties say they will take action on gay marriage ahead of next month's elections. The two largest parties, the SNP and Labour, say they will consult on the issue. The Lib Dems and Greens promise full equality.

  • 18th April 2011

    Scottish Green Party leader tells of MSPs’ anti-gay jokes 12

    Patrick Harvie said he had occasionally heard of anti-gay jokes

    11:38 AM — Patrick Harvie, the leader of the Scottish Green Party, says he has endured anti-gay jokes from parliament colleagues. Speaking to Scotland on Sunday, the 38-year-old, who is bisexual, said he knew some MSPs had made "homophobic" remarks about him behind his back.

  • 7th April 2011

    Scottish parliament elections: Labour and Lib Dems promise gay rights action 18

    The election takes place on May 5th

    4:18 PM — The Scottish Labour and Liberal Democrat parties have made manifesto promises on marriage equality ahead of May's election. Labour - which is on an equal footing with the SNP in polls - says it will consult on the issue while the Lib Dems offer a firmer commitment.

  • 4th April 2011

    Lesbian PC wins discrimination case 16

    PC Tracey West won her case for discrimination

    2:11 PM — A lesbian policewoman has won her case for sexual orientation discrimination against her sergeant. PC Tracey West, 42, was bullied by Sgt Michael Service for six months, a tribunal in Glasgow heard.

  • 25th March 2011

    Gay Scottish MP David Cairns admitted to intensive care 2

    David Cairns was admitted due to acute pancreatitis

    11:34 PM — David Cairns, the openly gay Labour MP for Inverclyde, has been taken into intensive care after falling ill with acute pancreatitis.

  • Man, 20, charged with murder of gay lecturer

    A man will appear in court today

    10:07 AM — A 20-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a retired gay lecturer in Edinburgh. He is due to appear before Edinburgh Sheriff Court today over the death of 64-year-old Roger Gray, who taught maths and statistics at Heriot-Watt University.

  • 23rd March 2011

    Edinburgh police say gay lecturer was murdered 24

    Police are asking Roger Gray's friends to come forward

    4:15 PM — Police have confirmed that a retired lecturer found dead at his Edinburgh flat was murdered. Roger Gray is the third gay man to have been killed in the city in the last month but police say there is no evidence to link the deaths.

  • 22nd March 2011

    Gay lecturer stabbed to death in Edinburgh home 68

    Police are treating the death as suspicious

    10:59 AM — A retired university lecturer was found stabbed to death at his home in Edinburgh on Saturday morning. Roger Gray, who was gay, was found in the hallway of his Merchiston flat after neighbours reported a gas leak.

  • 18th March 2011

    Teenager given community service for attacking man who asked if he was gay 22

    Gary Craig received 120 hours of community service

    11:40 AM — A Scottish teenager has been given 120 hours of community service for disfiguring a man who asked if he was gay. Gary Craig, 18, of Hawick in the Scottish Borders, headbutted and kicked the victim in the head after celebrating New Year's Eve.

  • 17th March 2011

    Scottish government advised to legalise gay marriage 47

    Scotland should allow gay marriage, the report says (Photo: Ludovic Bertron)

    10:52 AM — The Scottish government has been advised to give gay couples the right to marry. A report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission says that current law discriminates against gay people and is not supported by public polls.

  • 1st March 2011

    Friends say Scottish man may have been killed in anti-gay attack 6

    Police are appealing for witnesses

    12:21 PM — A gay man found dead in Leith, Edinburgh, may have been killed in a homophobic attack, his friends say. John Carter, 44, was found unconscious in a lift in a block on flats early on Sunday morning.

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