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April 5, 2014

Karina Villarroel and Soledad Ortiz will become the first lesbian married couple to have their child baptized in the Catholic faith today, with Argentininian President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner agreeing to act as godmother

An Argentinian lesbian married couple has received approval from a Catholic archbishop for their baby daughter to be baptized today (5 April).

It is believed to be the first baptism of a child with same-sex parents in the South American country, which made gay marriage legal in 2010.

Argentina’s pro-gay President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has agreed to act as godmother to Karina Villarroel and Soledad Ortiz’s 2 month old baby daughter Umma.

April 4, 2014

If the Church of England announced support for same-sex marriage, it could lead to a 'massacre' of Christians in Nigeria, South Sudan and other African countries

African Christians will be killed if the Church of England accepts same-sex marriage, the Anglican head has suggested.

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, claims backing LGBTI rights in the UK would lead to a ‘massacre’ in other nations.

Speaking on a LBC phone-in, he said he had stood by a mass grave in Nigeria of 330 Christians who had been killed over gay issues in America.

March 27, 2014

Archbishop of Genoa has responded to the Italian government's campaign to stamp out homophobia in schools after a series of high profile deaths and suicides

An Italian cardinal wants parents to fight schools' efforts to prevent anti-gay bullying, saying they are 'brainwashing' kids into being LGBTI friendly.

Archbishop of Genoa Angelo Bagnasco likened anti-homophobia state education in Italy to a totalitarian dictatorship.

He also said the efforts were turning schools into ‘indoctrination and re-education camps’.

March 19, 2014

GSN sources say past gay ‘cures’ by the Anglican Church in Uganda have included beatings and exorcisms to draw out gay demons

The Church of Uganda will be setting up ‘gay cure’ groups after returning ‘resources’ given to them by the Church of England.

They may even be performing ‘exorcisms’ and beatings, according to experts.

It shows the Anglican community in the east African country is distancing itself from the mother church in the UK, which has called on it to be more gay-friendly.

President Yoweri Museveni praised bishops of the Anglican Church recently for their support and campaigning to pass the anti-gay legislation.

March 9, 2014

Archbishop of Cyprus condemns religious institutions that allow gay people to get married in a homophobic rant

March 3, 2014

Stanley Ntagali, the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, has accused the Anglican Church of being 'spiritually blind' on the issue of homosexuality

Uganda is threatening to break away from the Church of England over gay rights.

Stanley Ntagali, the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, has said the head of the Anglican Church has become ‘spiritually blind’ on homosexuality.

Addressing Christians at St Andrew’s Church in Bukoto, he said he had received a letter from Ugandan-born Archbishop of York John Sentamu.

In the letter co-signed by Archbishop of Canterbury, they said the Church of England was ‘concerned’ about the African country’s homophobia.

February 23, 2014

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has asked President Museveni to use Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill debate to strengthen human rights and justice rather than restrict them

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu today (23 February) pleaded with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to use the debate on the controversial Anti-Homosexuality Bill as a ‘catalyst’ for improvements to human rights in the country.

The 82-year-old anti-apartheid champion said improving other areas of law would provide families and children with more protection than criminalising ‘acts of love between consenting adults’.

February 14, 2014

Archbishop of Lublin claims Pope Francis reassured them and told them to continue opposing equality for gay couples

Pope Francis laughed at the idea of same-sex marriage, according to Polish bishops.

Archbishop of Lublin Stanislaw Budzik has revealed personal details of when they went to visit the Vatican last week.

They had asked for advice as the Catholic Church is currently facing fierce criticism over child abuse cases and their opposition to same-sex marriage.

February 13, 2014

Anglican head Justin Welby has said Church of England's reluctance to change with the times could mean it will become irrelevant to society

The Church of England is being told to welcome gay couples or they will be damned like racists, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said.

The Most Rev Justin Welby has said there is a ‘great fear’ blessing the unions of gay couples.

But he said the Church’s decisions could mean it become irrelevant in a changing society.

Welby was speaking in a personal address to a General Synod meeting in London shortly after the Church agreed to allow the creation of the first female bishops.

February 10, 2014

After RTÈ's payout of a defamation settlement following a gay rights activists' speech on homophobia, Dr Martin said 'God never created anyone that he doesn't love'

The Archbishop of Dublin has said if you hate gay people, then you hate God.

Diarmuid Martin has reacted to two huge stories in the past month in Ireland; the controversy over drag queen Panti Bliss' comments on television and a politiican who revealed he was spat at and harrassed because of his sexuality.

'God never created anybody that he doesn't love,' the senior cleric said. 'Anybody who doesn't show love towards gay and lesbian people is insulting God.

February 5, 2014

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria has congratulated President Goodluck Jonathan on making participation in a same-sex marriage a crime punishable with 14 years imprisonment

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has described the recent signing of the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act into law by President Goodluck Jonathan as ‘a right step in the right direction for the protection of the dignity of the human person’ and commended him for what they say is a ‘courageous act, in spite of pressures from some international communities.’

January 31, 2014

The leaders of the Anglican Church in Uganda and Kenya have warned the Church of England to back off on LGBTI issues after the Archbishop of Canterbury reminded them of their responsibility to support and care for gay people

African bishops have reacted to Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby’s letter reminding them of their duty to LGBTI people, with the bishops of Uganda and Kenya telling the Church of England to back off on having a conversation about whether same-sex relationships could be tolerated in the church.

January 30, 2014

The head of the global Anglican Communion has written to African bishops to tell them to treat LGBTI people with dignity ahead of a trip to Africa

The Archbishops of Canterbury and York yesterday wrote to the heads of all the national churches in the global Anglican Communion - reminding them of a 2005 commitment they made to the pastoral support and care of gay people ahead of a trip by Archbishop Justin Welby to Africa.

Welby is visiting Africa for a five day trip in which he will be meeting Anglican leaders in South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

January 20, 2014

Fernando Sebastián claims if a homosexual cannot achieve procreation, then they have failed as a human being

Pope Francis has elected a new Cardinal who has called homosexuality a ‘defect’ that can be ‘cured’.

Fernando Sebastián, the Archbishop of Pamplona, equated people being gay to his own blood pressure.

Speaking to Spanish newspaper Diario Sur, he said; ‘Homosexuality is a defective manner of expressing sexuality, because [sex] has a structure and a purpose, which is procreation.

‘A homosexual who can’t achieve this [procreation] is failing.’

He added: ‘Our bodies have many defects. I have high blood pressure.’

December 29, 2013

Papal Nuncio to Uganda, Archbishop Michael Blume, has voiced his concerns about the Anti-Homosexuality Bill recently passed by the country’s parliament but yet to be signed by President Yoweri Museveni

Pope Francis’ representative to Uganda has expressed his shock at lawmakers passing a bill that would see people imprisoned for life for having gay sex, reiterating the church’s opposition to the bill.

Papal Nuncio to Uganda Archbishop Michael Blume was written to by Divine Word Missionaries Brother Brian McLauchlin on 21 December, asking him to speak to Catholic bishops in the country about the law’s potential to abuse people’s human rights.

December 16, 2013

Religious marriages or ‘nikahs’ are already available to gay Muslims, so for one LGBTQI group, marriage equality is not the most urgent priority

It’s an exciting time for marriage equality campaigners all over the world now, including in the UK.

In May 2013, the House of Commons passed the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales with 366 votes in favor and 161 against. In June, the House of Lords backed equal marriage by rejecting an amendment aimed at wrecking the Bill by 390 votes to 148.

The Equalities Minister, Maria Miller, has now announced that the first same-sex weddings can take place from 29 March 2014.

December 5, 2013

For his support of gay marriage and the LGBTI community, Archbishop of Wales Dr Barry Morgan has been invited as a guest of honor to the South Wales Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LGCM) carol service  

The Archbishop of Wales is once again showing his support for the LGBTI movement by attending a gay Christian carol service.

Dr Barry Morgan, the Archbishop of Wales, will join a carol service organised by the South Wales Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement (LGCM), as a guest of honour.

The South Wales Gay Men’s Chorus, as well as women’s choir The Songbirds, will be performing at the service.

The Archbishop has said he is ‘delighted’ to support the event.

November 11, 2013

It is estimated that nearly 150,000 turned out for Saturday’s annual Buenos Aires Gay Pride Parade, the third since Argentina legalized same-sex marriage

Massive crowds came out to take part in the 22nd Buenos Aires Gay Pride Parade on Saturday, starting with a group kiss before 150,000 took to the streets.

The parade wound its way through the city’s streets to the Plaza de Mayo for an open air festival and fireworks show.

Many of the signs and speeches at the event referenced Pope Francis I who in his former role of Catholic Archbishop of Buenos Aires had vocally opposed efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in the Latin American nation.

October 30, 2013

Anglican Archbishop of Perth Roger Herft has blocked a motion saying gay civil unions can co-exist with heterosexual marriages despite two thirds of the state’s Anglican Synod voting in favor of doing so

The head of the Anglican Church in the state of Western Australia has again vetoed a motion in support of the civil legal recognition of same-sex relationships alongside heterosexual marriage.

The motion was passed by more than two thirds of the attendees of the church’s synod in Perth at the beginning of the month but the Anglican Archbishop of Western Australia Roger Herft had 30 days in which he could decide to assent or dissent to the motion.

On Monday Herft announced his dissent on the motion, saying, ‘the church cannot formally accept certain behaviors.’

October 22, 2013

Thabo Makgoba, Metropolitan of the Anglican Church in Southern Africa has released a video statement in which he calls for an end to violence and discrimination against LGBT people in Africa

The Most Revd Dr. Thabo Makgoba, Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town and Metropolitan of Southern Africa, has partnered with international human rights group Human Rights Watch to release a video message decrying homophobic violence and anti-LGBT discrimination on the African continent.

In the video Makgoba challenges arguments put forward by several African governments that culture, tradition, and religion justify the marginalization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people.

‘Don’t fear,’Makgoba says to LGBT people in the video message.

October 15, 2013

Sydney Anglican Archbishop Glenn Davies has said that if Australia legalizes same-sex marriage they should be referred to as ‘unholy matrimony’ by Christians

If Australia legalizes same-sex marriage, Sydney Anglican Archbishop Glenn Davies says it should be described as ‘unholy matrimony’ by Christians.Davies made the comments yesterday in his 2013 presidential address to the Sydney Anglican Synod.

Davies conceded ‘agitation for so-called gay marriage’ will not ‘easily disappear,’ but reiterated his church's opposition to it, saying it was contrary to God’s will.

October 10, 2013

Archbishop David Gitari was a progressive force for the LGBT community in the African and Anglican churches

As Kenya laid to rest former Anglican Archbishop and pro-democracy agitator, David Gitari, the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community mourned one of its supporters in the Christian faith.

Gitari’s record on support for dialogue and understanding on homosexuality – particularly those who identify as Christians – shows the progressive maturity and enviable courage of one of Kenya’s most visible religious personalities.

October 10, 2013

LGBT group Kairos of Florence was inspired by Catholic who burned himself alive to protest church’s stance on gays. Now they have received the ultimate blessing

Pope Franics has sent a personal blessing to an Italian gay Catholic group who had been ignored by their own archbishop for years.

The major breakthrough has just been revealed and may have been the inspiration for the new pope’s comments when he said he wouldn’t judge gay people who have goodwill.

Catholic LGBT group Kairos of Florence, gathered signatures from a number of Italian gay Catholics for the letter they sent to Pope Francis.

In the letter they asked Francis to be recognized as people and not as a ‘category’.

October 1, 2013

Bangladeshi Muslim groups have threatened to hold nationwide protests today against Grameen Bank founder Muhammad Yunus over his opposition to Uganda’s persecution of homosexuals in what appears to be the latest effort to smear the Nobel Prize winner

Islamic groups in Bangladesh have called for nationwide protests today against Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus over his support of a statement in 2012 against the persecution of LGBTs in Uganda in the latest attack on the Grameen Bank founder.